I continue to work as an independent teacher and educational consultant; descriptions of many of my offerings can be found on this page.
My educational philosophy is constructive, focused on curiosity and motivation, and centered around the creation and enhancement of a learner’s experience of richness, depth, and purpose in the mundane.
To request a private class for your group, receive a brochure with my current pricing and upcoming offerings, inquire about the possibility of a bespoke course, or schedule a learning trajectory consultation, please use the contact form on the “connect” page of this website.
If you are not yet affiliated with a homeschool group or are otherwise new to independent education and are searching for classes for a student between the ages of 3 and 18, I encourage the use of Outschool to build independent study skills and community. Courses and series marked with an asterisk (*) below are ones that I (sometimes) offer through the Outschool platform.
Interdisciplinary Courses & Series
CORNERSTONE SERIES: Story & Symbol
My most popular offering, the Story & Symbol series, offers interdisciplinary classes focused on semiotic competency, writing, and other skills traditionally gleaned in the ELA classroom… but with a greater sense of fun and consequence.
Introduction* – students explore symbol analysis in the arts with hieroglyphics, a short story, and more
Subject Courses* – a theme or subject is explored in depth, including readings, film, visual art, science experiments, history lectures, debates, and written assignments centered on each learner’s development of her ability to engage with the symbol category; themes have included trees, fruit, birds, cities; the most popular options are typically death, colors, and dreams
Workshops – advanced students employ their analysis skills to take a crack at historic codes, The Voynich Manuscript, medical mysteries, foreign and computer languages, and more
Symbol-Building Bootcamps – quick, intensive courses enable students to supercharge their personal symbol knowledge with important works on themes such as religious symbols and tales
Cultured Chemistry* offers learners the opportunity to explore individual elements of the periodic table through historical and cultural lenses, focusing on how the use of different chemicals has shifted from antiquity to present day.
Debate Camp & Practical Ethics* might be your possibly “argumentative” or “strong-willed” child’s dream class! As a group, we explore controversial issues on a unified subject, such as clothing, food and agriculture, environmentalism, or economic systems, then break off into teams for parliamentary style debate and work as individuals to write opinion editorials and persuasive essays; the “camp” style class is a shorter, one-week intensive without writing assignments.
Delicious Literature is the tastiest way to get your child into reading. We read and discuss short works… but they all feature food. From the stories, poems, and essays, we source recipes that enable us to improve our cooking skills. (Maybe if you ask nicely, you’ll get a bite, too!)
POPULAR SERIES: FASHION x CURIOSITY
An ever-growing series, FASHION x CURIOSITY delves into the idea that clothes make the man, while also giving thorough regard to who makes the clothes, and how. More than tulle, students learn physics, history, economics, as well as business and design skills.
Survey Course* – introduction to key scientific, historic, cultural, and artistic fashion concepts
Subject Courses – deeper dives exploring a specific focus, such as designing for infants, wedding attire around the world and across time, or natural textile development
Workshops* – an opportunity for students to share their designs with others and “troubleshoot” different possible issues ranging from structural integrity to fabric sourcing to marketing
Advanced Independent Study – students are coached through the development, production, and sale of an article of clothing in a way that suits their goals and means
Hand-Built* introduces students to the science, history, and culture of ceramics and clay. We learn basic handbuilding skills, craft a few fun pieces, and try to get an understanding of how this ancient, perpetual artform works.
Holistic Reading* chooses a single book to explore in greater depth through art projects, science experiments, additional traditional and nontraditional research, and complementary literature and other artforms; previously used books have included Silent Spring, The Girl with the Red Balloon, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and others.
The Newsroom* is a weekly class where we gather to review a selection of stories from across the country, around the globe, and sometimes even a bit farther out. We discuss each story, connect it to our own lives, and sometimes engage in debate!
Painting Poetry pairs the pleasure of watercolor with the pursuit of poetic meaning. Students are guided through creating paintings based off of works of poetry; in advanced sections, students trade their own poems and work off of a classmate’s to create a painting
Re-Placement* gives learners the opportunity to explore the world of property development by learning about actual parcels and their unique problems: abandoned islands, ostensibly haunted houses, vacant supermarkets, and more are on offer for students to craft creative proposals backed up with data that considers social, environmental, economic, and other costs.
Single Subject Courses & Series
Trained, like most economists, in orthodox theory, I designed my curriculum to give students the strongest traditional tools of economic analysis, and grounding in history and developmental theories, alongside the freedom to develop, disown, and decorate their own heterodox real-world ideas about how resources do (or could) move in our multivariable existence.
My introductory sequence (including a one-time primer followed by both basic macro and basic micro) can be completed in two weeks, with intermediate and advanced students being invited to join an economic debate section or explore special projects independently or with small groups.
In this series, we explore the basics of ethics, both as a field of philosophy and as a practical concern. We consider definitions of “right” and “wrong,” compare schools that have emerged across time and communities, and weigh the ways we can mediate disagreements between people whose ethics conflict.
In this class, we explore different types of jokes and varieties of humor, asking questions about what makes something funny, how to be funny without hurting people’s feelings or reinforcing negativity, and how to go about improving our delivery.
Math Without Numbers
Math Without Numbers consists of three different offerings: a first-exposure curriculum for young learners who are just starting to explore numbers, a semi-therapeutic rehabilitative program for older learners who have struggled with maths in traditional classes, and a recreational advanced theory class for those who love mathematics and can’t get enough.
In each class, we explore the philosophical underpinnings of mathematics, possible purposes, and its historical development. To the extent possible, we consider what science has to say about the way different brains think about mathematical concepts, and the reality that the mathematics each of us have been taught are not necessarily the same mathematics used by people from different places or times. We each begin to develop a personal understanding of mathematical symbolism that we can use in future classes, gradually working through different methods, articles, and functions.
Language Courses & Series
Found in Translation
Each Found in Translation class focuses on a discrete text of considerable length (either a book or a longer essay or story) that was originally written in a language other than English, but is available in the source language and English, in text and audio. Students are guided in reading and listening to the work side-by-side, to gain an “immersive” experience of the language and its nuances without needing to leave home. This class is regularly offered in several languages with a variety of texts, but my favorite might always be La Sombra del Viento/The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spanish/English).
A fun class that uses popular and classic music from around the world to decode, explore, and sing a new language each week.
Most of us read far more unique words in a few days than we actually say over the course of a year, separating our internal knowledge from our external speech patterns, weakening our tongue’s grip on the English language.
These courses are designed around speeches, stories, myths, and poems of merit. We read aloud and discuss their significance, and in more advanced classes we prepare for formal recitations. Popular texts rotate depending on student interests, learning goals, and seasonal issues.
English makes use of many languages to get its point across. Each class in these series explores the key words and phrases from a particular language (French, Spanish, German, and Latin are the most popular choices) that an anglophone should know.
Wondershop is my creative writing workshop series, including introductory survey courses that cover fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and writing for stage and screen, as well as intermediate and advanced single-genre workshops. While comparable to traditional workshops, I prefer to let writers discuss their works more than is typical, for the sake of helping the group to understand what each piece wants for itself, and how best to forward that desire. Each workshop also features readings related to craft and different finished works that can help to guide the decisions we make when we revise.
Write by Number
People tend to assume that good writing is a natural, inexplicable talent, delivered via stork. But the best writers do serious work to improve, and they sometimes have days when eeking out even a few words is downright painful. This class explores strategies that tap into strengths typically not associated with the art of writing, like mathematics, measurement, and pattern-finding, and turns them toward language to make writing a more pleasing process.
Even though it has been happening for years, starting even before I went into independent education as my primary profession, I am still replete with emotion when parents and other caretakers entrust me with even a small portion of their children’s learning.
Navigating homeschooling, unschooling, or even supplementary afterschooling can be overwhelming, even for someone who isn’t working fulltime outside the home. Each state has different laws and requirements, each district has different resources, and each student has different needs.
Whether you are embarking on the adventure of homeschooling, are looking for an alternative to a public school that isn’t serving your child, or are searching for options to consider other than private schools you might prefer, but maybe can’t afford, it really is a great honor for me to work with families and learners to create a personalized learning trajectory that will address the adult concerns of financial sustainability, career and college readiness, local resource sensitivity, and family cohesion, along with the important aspects of each child’s education that often go overlooked in prepackaged educational formats: preserving the learner’s emotional and intellectual energy, sustaining and elevating curiosity, developing a robust moral person, and more.
Sometimes, we are able to find a single schooling option that is perfect for both a learner and her caretakers. Other times, we need to be a bit more creative and piece together online offerings from different sources, extracurricular programs in your local community, and more.
I believe you want the best for your child. I want to help you find it. To schedule a consultation, please use the contact form on the “connect” page of this website.