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Matt

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Hello! I am a high school teacher of Introduction to Biology, Algebra 2 and AP Biology. I have been at my current school for the past two years, and taught at another school for two years before that. At my previous school, I taught Environmental Science and Biology. My first experience as a teacher was right out of college, when I taught summer courses in Biology and Algebra 1. I graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY, after attending the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. Throughout all of my education, I have always been drawn to the sciences, particularly Biology. My major in college was in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Molecular Biology. Because of the enthusiasm and curiosity that my Microbiology teacher in high school instilled in me, I was inspired to work with students to try and turn on that same interest in science after college. My mother has taught for over 30 years, so it must be in my blood! My passion in the classroom is helping students to realize their true awareness of the natural world around them, and I use labs, visuals, models, and a variety of other methods to help them better understand the complex concepts in science. Many students come into the class thinking that the sciences are very difficult and that one must have a predisposition towards them to succeed, but I enjoy showing them that the sciences, particularly Biology, are very simple and elegant. In my Algebra classes, I try to show students how topics can expand beyond the borders of the classroom, also by using a variety of visuals and models. Sometimes, certain students need more than just good analogies and thorough explanations to help them succeed, and this often requires learning effective organizational and study skills. I frequently work with students outside of the classroom to design better ways to schedule their time, and organize their materials. In my free time, I am an avid fan of exploring St. Louis! This is only my second year living in the Midwest and I have been enjoying discovering new parks and neighborhoods whenever I can find time. I like to travel, as well, and visit friends and family on the East Coast, but I feel as if St. Louis has become my new home.

Matt’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Union College - Bachelor of Science, Biological Science

Hobbies

Hiking, exploring St. Louis, biking, cooking, reading, swimming

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

Arithmetic

Biology

College Algebra

College Biology

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Gifted

High School Biology

Math

Microbiology

Middle School Math

Other

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer