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I grew up believing that I was bad at math. Times tables in grade school felt like torture, and by ninth-grade algebra I had nearly given up. Passionate and encouraging teachers in high school reached out to me and supported me through the math that made my favorite subject, science, come alive.
Their help was not enough, however, because when I entered engineering school in fall 2008, I almost failed calculus. It was my first time trying to tackle this kind of math, and without my old support system, I gave up.
Four years later, I graduated with an English and French degree, and headed off to Kansas City to teach ninth-grade English. While I loved my work sharing reading, writing, and discussion with teens, something was still missing.
In 2014, I decided I was ready to try again. By this point, I had seen enough students overcome self-doubt and begin to believe in their own abilities; it was my time to do the same and try again to become an engineer.
Today I am two semesters away from graduating from the University of Missouri- Kansas City mechanical engineering program with a 4.0 GPA. I no longer fear math, and I hope to help other students, especially young women, do the same. I love tutoring math students, because I know what it feels like to be frustrated as well as the joy that can come from mastering such a challenging skill.
I also enjoy working with students to edit papers- writing is a similarly challenging skill to math!

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Maureen’s Qualifications

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1480

SAT Verbal: 760

SAT Writing: 730


I enjoy spending time with my bunnies, cats, and dog! I also love to learn about ecology and gardening; my compost is my biggest hobby! I don't watch much TV, but when I do, I love Parks & Rec-- everyone says I remind them of Leslie Knope!

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