I have a thing - just ask my wife and kids - for studying history, old literature, and dead languages. My annual budget with Amazon in these topics far exceeds our clothing budget. This obsession with study started in college. I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy and then went on to the University of Georgia to complete a master's degree in Classical Languages. I also recently finished up a second master's degree from the University of North Carolina, where I focused my studies on second language acquisition and Renaissance literature. I have written my own book-length studies on Cicero's philosophical writings and Sir Thomas More's Utopia.
The only thing that is more intellectually rewarding than studying the subjects with which I am obsessed, is sharing them with others. That's an overly elaborate way of suggesting that I love teaching. I have always seized opportunities to teach from the time I was an undergraduate tutor in the Writing Center. My first true teaching position came when I was a graduate student at the University of Georgia: there I tutored and taught philosophy, writing, Latin, and ancient Greek. I then taught Latin in high school for several years before joining the Army. After I completed my term of service, I taught writing and English literature at a local community college. Last year, I even took on the task of homeschooling my eighth-grade son. I teach a number of different subjects in the humanities, but I am most passionate about teaching Latin, ancient Greek, and biblical Hebrew. I also love teaching English Literature.
My teaching experience and devotion to the subjects I teach directly benefits my students. I have dealt with hundreds of different students and as many different pedagogical difficulties, especially in Latin and ancient Greek, and so am generally capable of helping the student where she or he most needs it. The time I have spent with my subjects, moreover, means that I am able to make difficult ideas and tasks more comprehensible.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Georgia Southern University - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: University of Georgia - Master of Arts, Classical, Ancient Mediterranean, and Near Eastern Studies
Outside of my work and studies, I spend my time with my family. I have an inexpressibly happy marriage, and my wife and I enjoy reading, fluffing up our three cats, and tricolons. My daughter, who is fresh out of high school, is keenly exploring adulthood through college-lite and working in a sushi restaurant. My son, who is just beginning high school, is a soccer addict who plays both for his school and for a travel team. Indeed, we typically pass several hours each week on and around soccer fields. If you decide you want my help academically, expect that I will on occasion be coming to you on my phone from a windy soccer park. When not at the fields, we love playing games together, especially Uno, Sorry, and Catchphrase. And, of course, we love movies. We vacation almost every summer in the Great Smoky Mountains, where we enjoy tubing and rafting. When I am not working or hanging out with my family, I have occasionally been known to binge-watch Saturday Night Live skits.