I graduated in 2004 with a BS in Mathematics from the University of Wyoming. I have also earned a certification from Johns Hopkins University in Data Science.
I begin tutoring in 2000 while I was getting my degree and has time has moved forward, no matter what else I've done with my career, I have always tutored. I love tutoring mathematics. I love teaching people, getting to know them and finding a way to help them 'click' with mathematics. I firmly believe that anyone can learn the necessary mathematical processes! We need only to find the approach that matches you!
I am a mother to 2 wonderful daughters. My daughters and I loved to watch movies together, go camping, take walks, play board games. Anything that allows us to have fun together.
I currently work as a Data Scientist for a learning software company. I really enjoy my work - it's like getting to solve giant logic problems for fun!
University of Wyoming - Bachelors, Mathematics
Western Governors University - Masters, Mathematics Education
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In an initial session with a student, I'll want to know what his/her goals are for tutoring. I also like to have a student walk me through a problem so I can hear how he/she is approaching the problem in their head. The most important thing is that I quickly discern the student's learning style. Then, we can proceed smoothly to success!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If the student is having difficulty, my reaction depends heavily on the student's personality. In general though, I would step back, make sure the student is calm - good learning doesn't take place in stress - and then approach the skill or concept from a different angle.