Jon is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University and lives in Ithaca, NY. Prior to studying for a Ph.D., He graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and then worked as a legal assistant in New York City.
Jon has been teaching at Cornell for six years, and considers learning and teaching a life-long endeavor. He began tutoring in high school as an after school and weekend volunteer at local elementary and middle schools, and has worked in education ever since.
As a teacher Jon prioritizes a student's inherent motivations, interests, passions, and abilities over one-size fits all lecturing. Over six years teaching writing, reading comprehension, Philosophy, and German language to students of many ages, nationalities, and educational backgrounds, Jon has found that students learn best when their unique perspective and capacities help direct the lesson. To that end, Jon focus on encouraging his students and providing them with access to the tools and resources they need to thrive.
When he's not teaching, Jon is busy researching and writing about linguistics, natural language processing, and the philosophy of language (especially non literal language, like metaphor). Since graduation, he has edited and published several academic books and journals and worked with several top scholars in his field. In his free time Jon has several hobbies: woodworking, DIY electronics, cycling, running, and guitar.