Jon learned to speak in Portland, Oregon, but because he grew up in Texas and Indiana, all of his accents have effectively cancelled each other out.
A major development in his linguistic abilities took place at Asbury College, where three professors – one each in philosophy, history, and literature – guided him and his awkward tongue into those three wonderful worlds. Graduate school was calling, though, and after receiving a perfect score on the verbal section of the GRE, Jon began the Ph.D. program in philosophy at Boston College. Having caught the German philosophy bug, he secured a DAAD Research Grant to study in southern Germany for a year, where much practice with the German language in grocery stores and on trains furthered his linguistic odyssey.
Upon returning to Boston College, Jon resumed teaching philosophy and later received the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award from Boston College. In the realm of writing, he has co-edited a volume of articles about philosophy of language, published work in peer-reviewed philosophy journals, and translated several articles and book chapters from German into English.
Having taught philosophy at the collegiate level for 10 years, Jon applies his classroom experience to tutoring students in literature, history, German, political theory, and philosophy, as well as for the SAT and GRE. What he enjoys the most about tutoring is seeing his students increase their grades and scores through improving their real-life, everday language and thinking skills.
Jon recently defended his dissertation in philosophy, and currently teaches in an interdisciplinary honors program at Boston College. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis poorly, watching films that make him see himself differently, and catching great live music in the Boston area.