I love my family, teaching/tutoring math, as well as watching, coaching and playing sports. I have been married for over 6 years and my wife and I have 2 children ages 2 and 4. I have tutored students from 1st graders through high school seniors and I enjoy interacting and teaching all levels of students. I have spent most of my years in a high school environment and I have coached high school basketball, football and track. I am currently completing my education so that I can teach high school math and continue coaching. I am typically very energetic and fun-loving person who has been lucky to find the field I am passionate about, teaching kids math.
Grand Canyon University - Bachelors, Secondary Education - Math
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe an educator should be relatable to their students and should take the time to get to know their students. A teacher should be understanding, patient, and able to present information from various angles to best find that angle that the student(s) understands best. Teaching/learning can and should be an enjoyable experience, and there is room for fun in the educational environment.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Being an independent learner means a student needs to be able to process information and solve problems/answer questions on their own. To become independent, students need to be taught how to think critically instead of babysat. They need to be urged and given the confidence to try problems on their own instead of being spoon-fed answers. They need to be asked open-ended questions such as, "What do you think" and "How would you approach this problem?"