I graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, a minor in philosophy, and a single subject teaching credential in mathematics. I taught high school mathematics and science for two years in the Imperial Valley. I returned to SDSU to complete a Master of Science in Computer Science. While in graduate school, I taught Trigonometry and Algebra at the college level. I became a software engineer at TRW and later Northrop Grumman until recently retiring.
Mathematics has three main purposes: applications, its inherent beauty, and its ability to teach us to reason logically. Therefore, mathematics has significance in everyone's life at some level. I try to incorporate this philosophy whenever I have an opportunity to share mathematics, whether I'm doing a classroom presentation or tutoring a student. I find that integrating some calculation shortcuts and mental mathematics promotes intrigue, interest, and confidence.
My passion for mathematics has led me to create Mathematics Magic - a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to explore and study mathematics. This effort has allowed me to share magic based on mathematics and recreational mathematics with 2nd through 5th grade classes. I also have a booth at Healthy Kids Day and present at summer camps at a local YMCA in Gardena.
Outside of mathematics, I enjoy bike riding, body surfing, working out at the gym, gardening, juggling and writing educational software in Scratch (www.scratch.mit.edu).
SDSU - BA, Mathematics
SDSU - MS, Computer Science