Luke Ranieri

Luke R.

Enterprise, AL

About Luke R.

Background check: Last verified 03/28/2016
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Luke teaches: Ages 12 and up
Teaching since: 2005
Last sign in: Yesterday


I am deeply passionate about sharing knowledge with others and have been lucky to be teaching my entire adult life. There are so many enriching experiences available to us when we learn more about the world.

Foreign languages are among my favorites, and I have specialized in teaching Latin, Italian, and Japanese. As a geologist, I am also profoundly interested in the sciences. When I teach I like to understand where my students are coming from, what really inspires them, and help them to enjoy and love what they want to learn. For me, learning is always fun, so whether you like to study or you are having trouble motivating yourself to concentrate, together we will discover the joy and fun in what you are studying.

Photos and Videos

At Herculaneum (Ercolano), an ancient Roman city preserved by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which can be seen in the background.


Avation Officer

Apr 2015 - Present
United States Army

UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the Arizona Army National Guard.


Apr 2014 - Present
Civil Air Patrol

Volunteer search and rescue pilot for the Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.

A Cappella Music Arranger

Aug 2009 - Present
Amadeus Arrangements

I have founded and been musical director for five a cappella groups and arranged a cappella sheet music for those groups and for customers via my website.

Japanese Teacher

Apr 2013 - Apr 2015
Yokota Air Base, Japan

When I was stationed in Tokyo, I was able to become fluent in Japanese rapidly by means of special techniques I acquired, and turned those techniques into a multi-level course to help other Americans achieve proficiency in Japanese.

Logistics Officer

May 2012 - Apr 2015
United States Air Force

Led and managed the cargo and passenger movement system at the largest military aerial port hub in the Pacific.

Geology Teacher

Aug 2009 - May 2012
San Diego State University

While I was in graduate school for my M.S. in Geological Sciences, I taught Intro to Geology courses, as well as tutoring privately.

Latin & Spanish Teacher

Aug 2008 - Aug 2009
Moravian Academy Middle School

Taught Spanish and Latin full time at Moravian Academy Middle School, grades 6, 7, and 8.

Italian Teacher

Jan 2006 - Aug 2008
Lehigh University

Taught Italian classes at Lehigh University after the college cancelled its Italian program. I was the sole Italian teacher at Lehigh University during that time.


M.S. Geological Sciences

Aug 2009 - May 2012
San Diego State University

B.S. Geological Sciences

Aug 2003 - May 2008
Lehigh University

Italian Language

Jan 2005 - Jan 2006
Florence University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Williams Prize

May 2008
Lehigh University


Phi Beta Kappa

May 2007

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

Phi Beta Delta

May 2007

Phi Beta Delta, founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986, was established as an organization in 1987 with 38 chartered chapters, many of which had existed for a considerable time previously at the local level. It is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. As of December of 2012, 192 chapters have been chartered.

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21 Reviews on Luke R.

Joyce D. Nov 14, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Luke was very pleasant and patient and did a thorough job of assessing my current knowledge so that he can tailor my next lessons. I am looking forward to my next lesson aleady!
Rubi E. Nov 10, 2016
English · Online
Verified Student
Great tutor.
Brianna F. Oct 30, 2016
Japanese · Online
Verified Student
Luke is great!! Very knowledgeable and seems to be an expert at linguistics. Instructs very well. He is nice and funny. We would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn one of the several languages he teaches :-)
Yana F. Oct 27, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Luke is a fantastic teacher. He is patient and makes each lesson fun and very informative. His lessons are structured and easy to follow. It's been a pleasure working with him.
Alexandra Sep 24, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Excellent teacher!
Unknown S. Sep 24, 2016
Latin · Online
Verified Student
This was our first experience with an online course. My son and I were immediately at ease with Luke. I appreciate his enthusiasm.
Brad R. Sep 19, 2016
Italian · Online
Verified Student
What a stand up guy! He’s naturally a fantastic teacher and my wife and I feel very grateful to have him as our Italian teacher. He’s extremely courteous, informative and patient. You will LOVE working with Luke, guaranteed!
Michelle Sep 17, 2016
Japanese · Online
Verified Student
Extremely knowledgeable, courteous and patient. I've sampled numerous tutors and been unimpressed until now. Very confident I can achieve intermediate/advanced mastery of Japanese under his instruction.
Gabriel H. Sep 10, 2016
Latin · Online
Verified Student
My kids were "meh" about Latin lessons last year. Not any more, they come hopping out of their lesson with Luke happy and bright and excited for the next one. He is encouraging, patient and has a gift for teaching young students. I hope he'll always be their Latin teacher and maybe more!
Kenyon Sep 6, 2016
Astronomy · Online
Luke has been a fantastic Astronomy teacher! He has been thorough and quick to answer all of my questions, and he has also helped me find other resources to help me with my learning. He is very friendly and a pleasure to learn from.
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