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Brendan


I think everyone who wants to be an educator cannot help but think of Archimedes exclaiming “Eureka!” with a smile. Having finally thought of a solution to his problem, he was as ecstatic as anyone can be having the rush of empowerment that comes from knowledge mastered - be it discovered, learned, or taught. I was hooked as a kid on that visceral feeling - a curious mixture of pride and wonder - the first few times I tried my hand at long division working with beads as a Montessori student and saw that my answers aligned with both my teacher's and my calculator's. I can point to several different teachers throughout my education career who, because of their instruction, were able to show me that excitement and foster the feeling of intellectual enfranchisement that comes from the education process.

I tutored for a year in CPS working with underprivileged freshmen through junior students in math. Having a bachelors degree in math was invaluable because I had a much deeper understanding of the material I was teaching which allowed me to present it in a variety of different ways and work with a lot of different frameworks for viewing a problem or topic. I'm also very personable which is good for working with kids, and there were many times where the relationship I'd built with the student would help with motivating or pushing students through rough patches. In addition, my Philosophy background means that I'm pretty good at contextualizing problems, subjects, and disciplines within a larger schema that helps to uncover the seemingly unlimited craziness of everything you learn in the school setting.

I have a good understanding of both sides of the tutor/tutee relationship having excelled during my two terms at Oxford (where the tutorial system is the norm) under the tutelage of some brilliant minds whom were not always pedagogically predisposed or mindful. As a tutor I believe I can use my experiences to better ensure my teaching practices are effective in bringing about that sense of understanding in the tutee.


Undergraduate Degree:

 James Madison University - BS, Mathematics and Philosophy

ACT English: 32

ACT Math: 30

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 33

SAT Composite: 1520

SAT Math: 780

SAT Verbal: 740

GRE Verbal: 163

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What is your teaching philosophy?

Anyone can be taught anything, but not by everyone and certainly not by going bullheadedly through the traditional route in each subject area. People think about things differently, and the modern education system would have you believe that if you don't approach it the normal way you're wrong. That's wrong.