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Joe

My goal is to use my ten years of accumulated knowledge in Finance and Software development to enrich the learning experience for everyone that I help. I hold a Bachelors Degree from the University of Delaware, and a Professional Certification in Java Programming from NYU. I have been working in the Financial industry for my whole career. I started out as a trade runner, then a trader on Merrill Lynch's desk, then decided to challenge myself with programming, and love it even more.

As far as my teaching style, I aim to relate subject matter to personal experience, to create a context that anyone can learn in.

In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, softball, golf, and following the stock markets. I also spend a lot of time just hanging out with my wife and daughter and visiting new food spots all around Austin.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Delaware - Bachelors, Sociology

Finance, programming, golf, softball, & soccer

Business

College Business

College Computer Science

College Economics

High School Business

High School Computer Science

High School Economics

JavaScript

Macroeconomics

Python

Technology and Computer Science

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is to make a connection with a subject matter that is important to the student, and relate information by making comparisons that will stick in their minds.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I like to find out more about the student's life so that when we start covering material, I can relate that material and make a personal connection to the subject matter.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would like to teach them to always be questioning everything they learn, and drive their mind to explore deeper into that subject out of curiosity.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think the best motivation is to make small goals that are attainable and quantifiable.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I think the best thing to do is relate it to a subject or hobby that they really care about, so that understanding comes naturally.