Hello! My name is Alyssa Carr.
I am an alumna of Fritz Hinrichs’ Great Books program, and graduated from Biola University and the Torrey Honors College with a degree in Humanities. I also spent a Michaelmas term abroad at Oxford University and studied Medieval and Renaissance Romance, Philosophy of Science, and the views of George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis on the power and effectiveness of fantasy. More recently I've enjoyed working on freelance editing projects ranging from a Bible study curriculum of Romans to PR articles featured on platforms like the Huff Post and Forbes. I've spent the last several years working one-on-one with high school students to improve their writing, and two years teaching a live/online honors-level English Literature survey course.
I prefer to call these courses “tutorials,” as I love the model of education that views the authority figure simply as a student who is still learning, but a little more experienced and further along in their academic journey. The goal is to tutor or coach the young person and guide them to a place of greater independence, maturity, and understanding in a topic or area of study.
Students meet once a week for a live, interactive online class. The class format is a Socratic discussion, which means the conversation is guided by the tutor asking questions in order to aid the students to arrive at a better understanding of the material. Though tutor-led, lively student participation and responsibility is encouraged and required for a productive and meaningful discussion. These conversations often lead to unexpected insights and discoveries! Also, to ensure every student has space to discuss, each class cohort will cap at 12 students.
Though flexible and designed to be tailored to the student when possible, these tutorials have a few basic components that come with each course: reading, discussion, and writing. I’ve found these three components must be present in some form if a student is to improve their intellectual and analytical skills. However, developing and enlarging a student's mind, heart and soul (rather than assigning easy-to-grade busy work) is the focus.
"As a longtime teacher myself, I was thoroughly pleased with Alyssa Carr's English Literature class and its value for my high school son's academic and personal development. Ms. Carr provides a rare combination of deep appreciation for her subject, enthusiasm for sharing it, and a thoughtful approach to teaching. She is positive, encouraging, and understanding with students and their individual situations. Yet she also pushes them to develop their understanding, appreciation, and creative analysis. All of this, together with outstanding communication with my wife and I as parents, made this class an all around success and one of our son's all-time favorites. Highly recommended!"
Dr. Marcus A. Mininger
Associate Professor of New Testament
Mid-America Reformed Seminary