Knowledge is valuable, yet wisdom is the desired goal. Wisdom is knowledge appropriately applied.
I was an army linguist in both Italian and German. My evaluation scores were the highest a non-native speaker can achieve, equivalent to a native speaker, able to discuss and understand a wide range of topics.
I was one of only three non-native speakers approved by the Defense Language Institute to teach German to soldiers. I have lived 11 years in Germany and 8 years in Italy. Natives rarely identify that I am an American.
I have taught Latin from introductory through college levels. My methodology involves making learning fun using chants, jingles, and songs. Reading and speaking are concentration areas. Western civilization owes much to the Romans so I also focus on history and enrichment.
I have taught history, civics, and moral philosophy at a classical academy founded by Hillsdale College. My approach is to present accurate history conserving the best ideals of Western Civilization and America.
I have taught Bible and theology for over 40 years under the auspices of military chapels, missions, and Christian schools. I am an ordained minister of the Gospel.
My goal is to assist parents, they are the ultimate educators, as their students learn how to think and discern critically based on facts and valid logic, not emotion.
Life has design and purpose. I encourage students to learn not only their own culture and language but also those of other people groups.
Subjects I tutor range from foreign languages (Italian, German, and Latin) to accurate American history and government. I served 33 years in/with the army and have learned much to share about our unique government and history.
I encourage students to understand what is best about Western Civilization and challenge them to compare and contrast various cultures.
An emphasis that runs though every subject is Moral Philosophy. This connects the dots of prior thinkers as they lead to our present day, our values, our worldview. To understand where we are, we must understand from whence we have come. This often includes tracing the thoughts of such philosophers as Plato and Aristotle through Marcus Aurelius, Augustine, Aquinas, Petrarch, Dante, to the Romanticists such as Schopenhauer, Goethe, Emerson, Whitman, and Thoreau to Existentialists such as Camus and Sartre, to current Post Modernism and New Age ideas.
Students learn how to communicate effectively through the written and spoken word.
Latin and modern languages are taught with functional objectives of improving English, preparing to master other languages, and to communicate with members of other cultures.
Students are encouraged to see there is meaning and purpose in their lives. We may not be perfect, but we are all gifted for service.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: College of William and Mary - Bachelor in Arts, Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Graduate Degree: University of Northern Colorado - Master of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction
Horseback riding instructor for Western, Dressage, and English flatwork. Taught riding and team driving for over 11 years. Hands on History presentations for schools, camps, and organizations on the colonial era, why we separated from England, the Revolutionary War, and the Constitution. Many reproduction artifacts are passed around for students get a feel for our history. Conduct Bible studies under the auspices of army chapels, churches, and mission agencies. My focus is always to present the Bible as accurate, true, relevant, and useful for our lives.
College Level American History
High School Government
High School World History