Hi, I’m James!

I'm James Hines and I LOVE American history and government! I've been a Master Teacher, Department Chair, and Teacher Specialist in secondary social studies for over 20 years.


For Motivating Tutors, I'm happy that I'll be teaching my specialty, AP American History and American Government.

It's never been more important than now, in a rather politcally turbulent time, to understand the historical context in which current events are taking place. I'll be excited to help you gain perspective and insight as together we look at our country's amazing history and the evolution of our government. 

I have lots of experience with online teaching. In the past year I have helped to structure a virtual learning program for our county. So no worries on the technical aspects of online learning!


James' love of history blossomed growing up in the rural town of Keedysville, Maryland, near Sharpsburg and Boonesboro, where he was surrounded by the ghosts of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War- the Battle of Antietam. For three years after high school James traveled across the US searching for his passion in life, all the while continuing to read and research historical accounts. After his journey he entered Shepherd University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Secondary Social Studies Education in 2000. He then embarked on a long and distinguished career in the Frederick County, Maryland public school system. 


James was quickly recruited into curriculum writing and new teacher mentoring. Within four years he was appointed a Social Studies Department Chair and began presenting social studies lessons to Middle School teachers county-wide.


In 2012 James began teaching high school AP US History and American Studies II at Linganore High School. He subsequently led AP workshops for teachers county-wide and was recruited to present AP US History lessons to teachers in adjacent Anne Arundel County. His service culminated in being appointed Master Teacher for Secondary Social Studies.

Since 2017 James has served as the Teacher Specialist in Secondary Social Studies for Frederick County Public Schools. providing support to social studies teachers county-wide.


Pauline grew up in Bordeaux, the famous wine-making province in the southwest of France. After earning a bachelors degree in English from the University of Poitiers, she spent the next year in the U.S. as a Teaching Assistant at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she also managed the student French House. 


Upon her return to France, she completed a Master's Degree in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Bordeaux. With the completion of her education, she moved to Tanzania, where she worked for two years at Alliance française of Arusha as a teacher, coordinator of training, and examiner for French language certification. More recently, she has  lived and worked in Copenhagen for four years developing a program for the teaching of the French language in Denmark.


Of course, Pauline is a fluent English speaker who will make you or your child feel right at home as she introduces the wonder of learning the French language.


Teaching Experience

Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Social Studies Education

Shepherd University, West Virginia


Master's Equivalent

Focus on Integrating Technology into the Classroom

Frederick, Maryland


Master's Equivalent Plus

Focus on Online Teaching

Frederick, Maryland


Master of Science, Educational Leadership

Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah


Windsor Knolls Middle School


  • 6th & 8th grade Social Studies Teacher

Urbana Middle School


  • Social Studies Department Chair

  • 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Linganore High School


  • Master Teacher for Secondary Social Studies

  • Department Chair

  • AP American History, American Studies II Teacher

Frederick County Public Schools


  • Teacher Specialist, Secondary Social Studies

  • Curriculum Writer for Secondary Social Studies

  • Supervisor New Teacher Program

  • Virtual Teacher American History & Government