I have a BA in History from CSULA and a Master of Divinity from Claremont School of theology. I taught middle and high school for 12 years before retiring, and have taught a variety of subjects and grades. My passion is nearly all elements of history and also religion, and I am a reverend as well. I have also engaged in living history though Renaissance fairs for 20 years. For me, love of history is a passion, a living subject filled with adventure and mystery and drama, just waiting ... [more]
My Bachelors is in history with a major passion for American History, from Colonial to Present, with strong emphasis on the Civil War and the geopolitical turmoil of the Second World War and post war period.
I have not only taught many elements of European history, but spent 20 years doing living history for the Renaissance, dealing with all elements of history and politics for western Europe in particular. It has been a passion for me.
Reading is basic, beyond all subjects. To read well enables a student to understand anything and everything. I have worked with many students to help them find the passion in reading, both for knowledge and enjoyment.
To write well is to communicate with the world. I now spend most of my life either writing, or lecturing on what I write, both as a public speaker and as a church pastor with sermons. Good writing skills help others know you are educated and articulate.
All areas of Geography facinates me, and I try and pass on that passion for the physical world to others, from dealing with maps to understanding our human place upon the planet.
Government & Politics
I hold a BA in History, with Praxis approval for Government, Sociology, Economics, Geography and humanities. While I do not formally teach anymore (I am retired), I still have a passion for these subjects.
American and English literature, which I have taught in private schools, is a window upon our very culture. Poetry and Prose speaks to the very soul of who we are, and I love opening up those doors to others.
History, especially of the world, not only shows us who we are as people, but where we come from and why we are where we are. I adore all elements of history and the stories they bring, and love helping students see that as well.
I have been a substitute teacher for LAUSD, San Marino, Las Virgines and Alhambra districts, teaching both elementary and secondary, as well as teaching 6th grade math, science and computer skills. As a substitute, I have worked with elementary students in reading and grammar, writing and social studies.
Having worked as a teacher for 12 years, providing tactics in outlining and targeting material for study has proven essential in information retention. For the social sciences, developing a relationship with the present helps student place the past into perspective, making it easier to relate and remember. For Reading skills, teaching what to read within a paragraph, to isolate lead topics in a chapter or section for better retention. Repetition of material, and also having students rewrite information into their own words increases retention and clarity.
Upon graduation from Cal State University, Los Angeles in 1994, and my Secondary Educational credential program in 1995, I took the Praxis exam for certification in the Social Sciences. My BA is in History. I passed all sections, including History, Government, Sociology, Geography, and economics. A copy of my Praxis is available upon request. In addition, I have also taught in public and private schools, US and world history, government, geography, economics and sociology, as well as humanities.