I have been a math and Spanish tutor on and off for over 20 years now. I began tutoring math while I was still a student in college, earning my bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1995. Since then, I have taught math from the kindergarten level, all the way through pre-calculus. My favorite areas in math are pre-algebra and algebra, but I really enjoy it all. In the past couple of years I have gained experience with the common core standards and specifically how to taylor my lessons to cover the necessary standards.
As far as my Spanish experience, I was raised bilingual. My parents are from Venezuela (in South America) and I lived there for six years of my life (between the ages of three and nine). I also spent at least one month of every summer from when I was eleven until I was twenty one years old visiting relatives in Venezuela. To learn the grammar of the language, I took Spanish in middle school and high school here in the US and scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam.
I believe that all students have potential and can learn, but that a cookie cutter approach to education just does not work. That is why I chose to home educate my children. Flexibility and creativity in teaching can make all the difference in a child's retention of subject matter.
College of the Holy Cross - Bachelors, math
What is your teaching philosophy?
All too often people say, "I can't learn that." I would strongly disagree! Everyone has the capacity to learn. Sometimes all that is needed is a fresh perspective on the subject being taught.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I believe that the secret to successful tutoring lies in building a relationship between tutor and student. To that end, in my first session I typically will spend most of our time together "breaking the ice"- playing games that will allow us to get to know each other a bit. I will also take a few minutes to ask my new student what their goal is for our time together, so that I can tailor our sessions to their needs.