### Michael

I am a recently retired Secondary Math teacher. I taught at the high school level for 40 years. During that time I also tutored students after school. I have taught/tutored all classes from Algebra I to Pre-Calc, and I enjoy teaching and tutoring all Math subject areas. My last 15 years I primarily taught AP Statistics, Algebra II, Pre-Calc, and Trigonometry.

I received my BS degree from Ferris State University and achieved a Masters Equivalent from Eastern Michigan University. As education has changed, so has my teaching philosophy. I view myself as a source, as opposed to the source of information. I try to get my students to not only know how to solve a problem but to understand why those steps have to be taken. I also encourage them to look for alternative ways to approach a situation. I believe these techniques help the students to develop a stronger understanding of Mathematics.

In addition to teaching for 40 years, I also coached basketball and golf at the high school level, and I was a head varsity coach for both sports for over 25 years. At home I enjoy playing golf, working on my lawn and garden, bird watching, and working out.

Ferris State University - BS, Mathematics

Eastern Michigan University - MS equivalent, Education

What is your teaching philosophy?

My objective is to engage, enlighten, and empower my students. I believe in being a source rather than the source of information. This allows input and decision making to be a two way street. This provides the student with a better understanding of the concepts being discussed.