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  • (3 reviews)
Olek
« Kolby was my history and literature teacher for 8th and 11th grade.... More »
Olek
« Kolby was my history and literature teacher for 8th and 11th grade. He is skilled in boiling down complex themes to their simplest image. He is an author by heart, which allows him to see a text through multiple lenses. At the end of the day, Kolby just wants his students to understand the elements of a story that lie beneath the surface. »
$40/h
First lesson is free!
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Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Kolby
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Reading
  • Literature
  • Literacy
  • Modernist literature
  • English literature
  • Classic Literature
Levels
  • All Levels

Great Books Instructor, Tempe, AZ. 10+ Years Teaching Experience w/BA, Masters (Education) and JD. Focus in developing critical reading/thinking skills.

Methodology

Instruction in the "Great Hearts" teaching philosophy. Primary sources (both books and short material) with guided Socratic discussion following the reading. Books covered might include Huck Finn, My Antonia, The Great Gatsby, Walden, The Grapes of Wrath, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Federalist Papers.

Modern assignments may include 1984, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Catcher in the Rye, Slaughterhouse Five.

Assignments and readings will be tailored to student interests.

Background

Tempe raised, but have lived in China, Mozambique, and Argentina. I have a BA and Masters in Education, but also a JD in law. 10+ years teaching experience (8+ years in law), most of it leading "great book" discussions in small groups. My area of focus is US Humanities and the intersections of literature, history, economics, and government theory. Am also on Tempe City Council, so these are topics with a special place in my heart.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $25/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $150
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $250

Details

Classes greater than 5 miles outside of Tempe will incur a travel fee. If teaching 2-3 students at time, there will be a per student discount. Students who do not do the assigned reading will be dropped.

Lessons offered by Kolby
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Reading
  • Literature
  • Literacy
  • Modernist literature
  • English literature
  • Classic Literature
Levels
  • All Levels

Kolby's resume

Degree Programs:
Arizona State University, J.D. - 2007
Arizona State University, M.Ed. in Educational Media - 2000
Arizona State University, B.A. in Secondary Education - 1997

Employment:
Granville Law, PLLC 2015-Present Tempe, Arizona
Attorney. Focused on individual criminal defense work, as well as business formation, and liquor license acquisitions for small businesses.

City Council Member
City of Tempe 2012-Present Tempe, Arizona
Elected and re-elected to office. Oversee city operating and capital budget. Review, prioritize, and goal set for all operations in City of Tempe. Areas of focus are neighborhoods, sustainability, and equal rights, among others.

Tempe Preparatory Academy 2013-2017 Tempe, Arizona
Teacher. Recruited from law firm to teach Humane Letters at Tempe Prep, ranked 1st in Arizona and 15th in U.S. in Newsweek’s America’s Top High Schools. Taught using only primary sources, essay assignments, and Socratic discussions; US Humanities, Ancient Western Civilization Humanities, and European Enlightenment Humanities Classes.

Dickinson, Wright/Mariscal, Weeks 2007-2013 Phoenix, Arizona
Attorney. Work with firm partners in motion writing and litigation. Client meetings, depositions, and court hearings. Focus in business litigation and property litigation. Primarily worked under Tim Thomason, now Judge Thomason with Maricopa County Court.

Learning Edge, Incorporated 2000 to 2001 Chandler, Arizona Course Production Supervisor. Four times promoted in 18 months. Supervised staff and inspected quality of all instructional design and production of CD and Internet based instruction. Clients included Intel, Wells Fargo, BofA, and other Fortune 500 companies.

Tian Yuan Information Ltd. 1998 to 1999 Changchun, China
Curriculum Developer/Instructor. Created standardized supplementary educational resource curriculum to accompany existing teaching textbooks in China. Taught English as a second language to Chinese primary and middle school students as needed.

Aetna Retirement Services 1997 to 1998 Phoenix, Arizona Corporate Trainer. Served as Instructional Trainer for newly hired employees. Taught extended skill sets to current employees during non-hiring periods.

The 3 reviews on Kolby
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3 recommendations

Olek

Kolby was my history and literature teacher for 8th and 11th grade. He is skilled in boiling down complex themes to their simplest image. He is an author by heart, which allows him to see a text through multiple lenses. At the end of the day, Kolby just wants his students to understand the elements of a story that lie beneath the surface.

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Hannah

I had Mr. Granville for three years as a teacher in high school. He went out of his way to hear his students’ opinions to better himself as a teacher. I always had questions about the material so I would find him after school to ask him my trivial questions and sometimes I wanted to discuss a point further. I was pleasantly surprised with how he always gave me his full attention; it proved to me he cares about his students and their love of learning.

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Rachel

Mr. Granville taught my Humane Letters class in which students analyze and discuss Great Books and works of history. He is skilled at presenting topics in an interesting and engaging way, and always prompts students to dig deeper. His work as a lawyer and his trips to dozens of countries give him experience other instructors may not have. He truly cares about teaching his students how to think, and will go to great lengths to help them understand and succeed.

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