In 2007, Steven McClain, PhD graduated from the University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences. There he earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and Philosophy. At the University of Virginia, he was an Echols Scholar and a recipient of the Wagenheim Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in English. As a Distinguished Major member student, he completed a bachelor’s dissertation examining speculative literary elements in Macbeth and Richard III. During his Master’s in Literary Studies at the Complutense University of Madrid, McClain completed an English and Spanish language comparative literature dissertation analyzing theories related to works of 20th century speculative fiction. During his Complutense University of Madrid doctoral coursework in Literary Studies, he completed an English and Spanish language dissertation examining comparative theories of 20th and 21st century North and South American science fiction. McClain’s doctoral dissertation received an International Doctorate commendation following completion of research at the University of Virginia during the summer semester of 2017.
During his Complutense master’s and doctoral studies, McClain worked for eight semesters as an undergraduate English language lecturer on the ESIC Business and Marketing campus in Pozuelo de Alarcón and as an external ESIC English instructor at a Madrid secondary school and a Madrid business. He taught general English and Cambridge English exam preparation courses and was an official Cambridge English Exam examiner. During two semesters of his Complutense doctoral studies, McClain also taught English language and Cambridge Exam preparation courses at Midleton School in Getafe, Spain. As a Midleton School teacher, he also taught English language courses at Madrid businesses and served as an English teacher at Midleton School’s primary education summer English institute in Avila.
McClain has worked as a middle school, high school and university English language, literature and general humanities teacher and tutor in the United States, Colombia and Spain. He has enjoyed work as a virtual-classroom one-on-one tutor and an on-campus, in-classroom instructor. An AmeriCorps: Teach for America alumnus and an Eagle Scout, Steven is excited for the opportunity to tutor students of all ages in general study skills and organization, academic composition and creative writing, English language and literature, Spanish, philosophy, history, and standardized test preparation, for example: SAT, TOEFL, TOEIC, ITEP, Cambridge English and AP exams.