I consider myself fortunate: I do what I love. Having earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, I set out to develop a career in HVAC design and gather professional contacts that would allow me to work my own hours, for myself. Mission accomplished. Now that I have that established, I have the time and the energy to assist others in developing the skills to master mathematics. This is the first building block in a career in the sciences or technology.
At the age of 14, I was introduced to Algebra in middle school. This was not an introduction that gave me "warm fuzzies";. In fact, it haunted me on a daily basis. As I struggled to survive the first term, I sought out the help of a high school math teacher and this was the beginning of my passion for math. Her confidence and enthusiasm for mathematics spilled over on me in all of my years to follow in high school as well as college.
There are very few things in life that parallel Algebra, which is why many adults still hold strong feelings, good and bad, decades after having taken it in school. Algebra allows students to think in logical ways that they have never before encountered; it stretches the human mind much as a runner would stretch his legs before attempting to run long distances. If you have not stretched, running is awkward and somewhat painful. The same can be said of Algebra.
I believe in non-judgmental, consistent instruction paired with the student's repetitive practice and personal discipline. These skills are paramount in developing a strong foundation in math and in life. As I tutored students in College and continued to tutor adults while developing my career, I have been exposed to many learning styles and have an appreciation for the uniqueness of the student and his/her ability to comprehend concepts in a way that compliments his/her personality. I also received training for the latest developments in teaching methods for middle/high school students in 2010, thereby increasing my tutoring effectiveness.
I look forward to talking with you about your needs for instructional math tutoring. As it is your choice in how you support your child in their education, I applaud you in seeking assistance and hope that I may also be of support to you and your child in achieving success.