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I am originally from the state of Washington and am a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle where I earned two undergraduate degrees: BA in Business Administration and a BS in Mathematics. Just before doing two and a half years of Peace Corps Volunteer service as a math and physics instructor in West Africa ('93 - '95), I worked nearly a year for a private tutorial business where I tutored math to students from 3rd grade through high school. I moved to Illinois in 1996 after finishing my Peace Corps Volunteer service and after teaching math for a year within two junior colleges in Tacoma, Washington. In Illinois from '96 - '98 I earned a non-conventional MBA degree (concentration -- Rural Community Development) as a Peace Corps Fellow through Western Illinois University and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. From there, I returned to Africa to do a couple year stint as an overseas lay missionary in the Central African Republic. Since returning stateside in 2001, I have resided in both Glen Ellyn and Joliet. I presently teach mathematics for Joliet Junior College where my instruction has focused on basic skills, algebra, geometry, and technical mathematics. My interests outside of teaching and tutoring include both men's and women's basketball, working out at the gym, reading, the ongoing changing face of website delivery (PC/laptop to small mobile devices), watching online documentaries, and keeping up with the activities of my two boys. As a math teacher and tutor, I am a good listener and am empathetic to students' academic challenges and struggles.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Washington-Seattle Campus - BS, Math

Graduate Degree:

 Western Illinois University - MBA, MBA

GRE Quantitative: 780

reading about current events on the Internet, basketball, my boys' activities, African food