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.
University of Delaware - Bachelors, Sociology
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.