Self-employed as a full-time, one-to-one, academic tutor
Grad Year: 1982
Other areas of sudy/degree(s):
B.A. in English (Honors) and Mathematics from UM, 1982; M.A. in English Language and Literature from Northwestern University, 1983
Both my undergraduate education and my postgraduate career paths were/have been unusual.
I double-majored at UM in English (Honors) and mathematics. Throughout my undergraduate years, I also worked in the UM Athletic Department as a student-assistant in the Sports Information (athletic publicity/media relations) Office.
I earned a Master's Degree in English Language and Literature at Northwestern University the following year while also working as a graduate-assistant in Northwestern's Sports Information Office. When I completed my Master's Degree, Northwestern offered me a full-time position in the Sports Information Office, and I spent four more years there, first as an intern and then as the Assistant Director of Sports Information In that position, I used my writing, proofreading, and communication skills every day, as that department oversees publications and all other publicity for the university's athletic department.
I had always known, however, that I would end up in the field of education, and I left Northwestern after five total years there to pursue a career in independent-school education. I accepted a position teaching language arts and literature classes at The Rumson (N.J.) Country Day School, and stayed there for 19 years. My position there evolved significantly over the years, as I first added mathematics to the courses I taught, then became Math Department Chair (in addition to teaching English and math), and then became Dean of Studies on top of the other duties. I also founded and directed a forensics (individual public-speaking events) program and interscholastic competition at the school. Additionally, I did a lot of one-to-one tutoring of middle-school, high-school, and even college students during my years in New Jersey.
In 2006, I got married (at long last!) and moved to the geographical area where my wife works, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Here, I have developed my own one-to-one tutoring business, working with high-school and middle-school students on all aspects of English, mathematics, study skills, and standardized-test (SATs, ACTs, PSATs, etc.) preparation. In a place with three major universities situated closely together, education is understandably emphasized, and my business is doing well.
As you can therefore see, I have had a wonderfully diverse and fulfilling professional life in three different careers (thus far!). In all of them, though, I have used every day the analytical, writing, and communication skills I honed as an English major.
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