I really enjoy teaching, be it high schoolers, college students at Denison University, or adult students working hard to improve their lives. I particularly like working with beginners of all ages, those who may be encountering a subject for the first time. I have an MS in Physics from John Carroll University, and a PhD in Astronomy from the Ohio State University. I taught Astronomy for many years, and even took students on observing runs. Recently, I have been teaching and tutoring Algebra I and II and Physics to adult students. Many of these students have little background in math, so I have to start with the very basics to help them. I go as far back as needed, then try to help a student move forward from there.
In addition to teaching, I spend a lot of time behind a paint brush, often refurbishing the walls of our house; I also like yard work, reading, and puzzles, including jigsaw, crossword, or logic problems. Being an astronomer, I enjoy "Star Trek: the Next Generation," Brian Greene's "Elegant Universe," and Neil DeGrasse Tyson's programs.
Mary Manse COllege - Bachelors, Physcis
Ohio State University-Main Campus - PHD, Astronomy
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to lead students to answers through questions. We start with the student's question, then I try to steer the way through to the solution with some questions of my own.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I encourage students to read and re-read material before a tutoring session, then we would work on questions that they had while reading. If they say they "did not understand a word," we start together on page 1!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encouragement during tutoring sessions, and by trying to link the material we are working on to the student's life in some way. (E.g. the concept of "impulse" with airbags and car accidents.)
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would go back to the last concept the student felt comfortable with, and then move forward step by step.