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I have a Master's of Science in Communications (Speech, English and Theater) from West Chester University. I taught high school and began my own businesses after graduating college. I serve on non-profits and also teach through them. I traveled extensively, learning a great deal from teachers and elders of many cultures around the world. I always have had a burning desire to share what I have learned with others through coaching and teaching. This has allowed me to learn a great deal from my students as well. I have taught all age levels from pre-school to seniors and taught at both the high school and university levels. I pursued advanced degrees at Colorado State University, ran a large non-profit for the University and taught classes in many subjects in natural resources, creative writing, public speaking and organizational start ups and operations. I earned Masters of Science in Environmental Interpretation and Natural Resource Management from CSU and was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award for the University in experiential teaching. I was an advisor for approximately 50 students each year while with the University.I am also a life coach and have worked with people in that way as well.

Twelve years ago I founded a non-profit with a group of people. Our goal was to teach about nature, sustainable living and the wisdom of past cultures. It was also a platform from which I could offer students help in creative writing, public speaking and personal growth courses. I am a public speaker at many conferences and in the classroom and I have had two books published. A couple of years ago I created the White Otter Academy to bring "Wisdom from the past magically stirred with knowledge from the present as a catalyst to transform your future."

I coined the phrase "energetic alchemy" to define how I often teach. I take the 'iron' nuggets of knowledge I have acquired, add my own understandings, mix them together magically and .. often - gold emerges thanks to my teachers. I believe true growth occurs from the acquisition of both formal and informal education. With that said, I require a large dose of fun in any teaching or tutoring I do. I like to also acknowledge all the mistakes I have made along the way and admit what a wonderful teaching resource these are. Through some of the above venues I have brought teaching to groups. With Varsity Tutors I am able to work one on one with people - my favorite mode.

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Jim’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: West Chester University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor of Science, Communication, General

Graduate Degree: Colorado State University-Fort Collins - Master of Science, Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism


In my spare time - my fun time - I love to travel and meet new people. Cultural travel and nature-based travel are my favorite. I also love attending conferences where I can speak and listen to others. I love to read and write and am starting my third book now. When I have a free day??? I take my dogs and head off into nature to relax and release.

Tutoring Subjects

Academic Coaching


College Application Essays

Creative Writing


Environmental Science


Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Writing


Public Speaking


Study Skills


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