Carmenta Tutor Profile: Jonathan P.
Jonathan P., Ph.D.
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- Latin - All levels
- Ancient Greek - All levels
- Writing (Has taught college writing for more than 7 years) - All levels
- SAT Prep (English and Math)
Jonathan has an A.B. in Classics (summa cum laude) from Princeton University, an M.A. in Latin from U.C. Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Classics from U.C. Berkeley as well.
Years Worked As Teacher/Tutor
12 years (7 as a college professor, 3 as a graduate student teacher, and 2 as a secondary school teacher)
Standardized Tests Taken
SAT: Total 1540 (760 Verbal, 780 Math) (Last taken 1989)
High school age and up
Jonathan had the pleasure of teaching Latin and Greek, as well as Classical Civilization and Mythology, at Reed College (2007-2010) and Colgate University (2010-2014). As a Ph.D. student he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, winning an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award in 2003. Prior to that he taught Latin and Ancient History at City Center Academy in Philadelphia. He discovered Classical languages as a Princeton undergraduate and has never ceased to find their beauty, strangeness, and rigor thoroughly compelling.
- While at Princeton I won the Samuel Atkins Prize for my senior thesis on Aeschylus’ tragedy Agamemnon. Since receiving my Ph.D. I have published articles on my specialty, ancient rhetoric, in leading academic journals,* and am currently at work on a book on Plato’s educational rivals. But the accomplishments of which I am most proud are those of my students. At Reed and Colgate I advised numerous senior theses and independent projects on topics as varied as St. Augustine and Epicureanism, Seneca and Christianity, allegorical interpretation of Homer, and translation of Plato into Chinese. Several of my students have gone on to top-ranked graduate programs in Classics and related fields. No matter what their ambitions, I find satisfaction in imparting to my students the habits of mind, and the sense of adventure, needed to enjoy ancient languages.
*"On the Threshold of Rhetoric: Gorgias’ Encomium of Helen." Classical Antiquity 34.1 (2015).
"The Epideictic Agōn and Aristotle’s Elusive Third Genre." American Journal of Philology 133 (2012): 177-208.
My Experience With Carmenta
After many years in a traditional classroom I had my doubts about teaching exclusively online. Would classes be truly interactive? Would I be able to get my point across without chalk in my hand? Would students still laugh at my jokes? Would I get to know them? My doubts were quickly laid to rest. Class online is every bit as lively as it is in person. In some ways more so, since teacher and students alike can draw instantly on a wide array of digital resources to enrich the conversation.
But the best thing about the digital medium is the type of student it seems to draw. On the face of it there is no one mold. Carmenta students are home-schoolers, college students, and professionals of every age and from every region of the country. What they share is a curiosity, determination, and independence that make them an absolute delight to teach.
General comment on my instructors — while none of them are bad, Jonathan was exceptional, especially in terms of organization and ability to explain things in a different way than the textbook did. I don’t really want this to be a knock on my current instructors because I like them and am still learning much more than I ever did in regular school language classes (where I learned pretty much nothing, and despite taking Spanish from 3-11th grade, never got to any verb tense other than the present), but he was stellar enough that I’m still comparing.
Dallas, TX, USA
Jon is a knowledgeable and engaging teacher who makes learning Latin fun and simple.
Orlando, FL, USA
The Latin 1A course has really strengthened my understanding of and appreciation for all the Latin-based languages. It is an ideal course for graduate students or students who are considering graduate school and would like to add another language to their application.
Jonathan is a really great teacher with a clear passion for the Latin language and helping his students understand its value and significance. He is extremely patient and flexible while at the same time challenging his students. His goal is not just for his students to understand cases and genders, but also to grasp the culture and history of Latin. I appreciate that he is always trying to put the language in its context! Jonathan is also able to teach to different levels in the same class and to work with students who progress at different paces, which is really important. My favorite part of class is when we translate sentences as a group, particularly when the sentences involve new vocabulary words we have not learned. Instead of simply acquiring new words, we also learn valuable translation skills. I’ve really enjoyed the course, and Jonathan is an excellent teacher.
Sacramento, CA, USA
Jon has been a fantastic teacher! He is very interactive and engages everyone by asking each of us direct questions. I have learned to love Latin as well as Roman culture. He is very knowledgeable and flexible when questions are asked.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
When I started this class I became very ill in the beginning for the full first month. Jonathan worked with me to get me caught up on all the materials that I had missed. He took multiple times to meet with me outside of class to help me get caught up and to understand the material. Also, whenever I had a question, he was always willing to answer honestly. Even if he may not have had the answer, he was always willing to go and look up the answer. And even when I asked a question that I may have thought was obvious, he was always willing to answer kindly, and I never then felt bad for asking. I started taking this class because I am going into Pre-Med, and I wanted to be able to understand the medical terminology that was going to come up. With Jonathan teaching this class I have no doubt that I will have no problem understanding anything that comes my way.
Gig Harbor, WA, USA
Eastern (North America)
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