After twenty years of teaching Latin and Greek in college, I am now teaching middle school Latin in a Preparatory School. In my tutorials, I focus on each student's specific needs. It is smart to study with a tutor who can devote undivided, individual attention. My spectrum of competence in Latin is broad. I also serve as a rater for AP Latin. I feel that with my background and my experience I would be an ideal tutor for any Latin student.... [more]
My passion for teaching Latin led me to obtain a PhD in Classics at Princeton. After twenty years as a professor, I returned to my first passion of teaching Latin in middle and high school. Latin is my life and I am eager to share its wonders. Latin benefits our children not only because English takes two thirds of its words from Latin, but because the logical structure of Latin helps students choose the best thoughts and shape their learning, and their lives, in the best ways.
As a published academic author, I am very familiar with critical thinking. Writing and reading foster critical thinking and effective communication. An example of critical thinking is the quip 'Common sense is very uncommon.' What do we mean by 'common sense'? 'Common sense' describes the good ways to behave when facing challenges. For example, it is common sense to save money first then buy what we want instead of relying on credit. But how common are credit cards and mortgages? Critical thinking also allows us to disagree: some debt is good. Please let me help with your communication skills.
As a native speaker of Italian and a licensed teacher of Italian and history in the Italian public school system, I offer not only native fluency but also depth and breadth of knowledge about my country of origin, its language, and its history and culture. In tutoring in Italian, I privilege the student's specific needs but I especially enjoy working with students who need to practice Italian for business, academic, and personal reasons.
I have been teaching ancient Greek to college students for over twenty years. I first studied ancient Greek in college and eventually continued my training in classical philology with a PhD in classics. I started tutoring my peers while in college and as soon as I graduated I was hired to teach ancient Greek and other subjects in a high-school seminary in Italy. Nowadays I teach US college students at all levels, from elementary to advanced. In my tutoring, I focus on enhancing individual talent and on strengthening grammar background.