Current certified 7-12 math teacher in the Philadelphia area with a master's degree in Math Education. I have experience teaching topics ranging from 7th grade General Math to AP Calculus BC (with a strong emphasis on Algebra/Geometry). I also have served as an adjunct math professor with experience teaching Probability/Statistics, Modern Algebra, and Pre-Calculus/Finite Mathematics. I use a wide range of teaching models to deliver instruction to best suit students' needs. I also have received the ETS Award of Excellence for receiving one of the top scores on the Praxis Math Content Knowledge Exam.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Saint Joseph's University - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: Saint Joseph's University - Master of Science, Math Education
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student has the potential to learn and understand mathematics. I emphasize practical application of math concepts (beyond just memorizing procedure), and I root my instruction/ideas with concrete examples and thorough explanation as to why a concept is needed in math. I believe in creating a fully individualized curriculum for each student, regardless of age and math experience. I take that philosophy into my classroom and each tutoring experience.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A first session will feature a quick discussion about the content at hand and a student's feelings about mathematics. From there, we will jump into problems, and I will quickly identify areas of strength and weakness. Any strength will be referenced throughout a session, while weaknesses will be addressed early from a foundational level; mathematics all stems from some basic principles, which I focus on early to make future sessions more successful. I am extremely flexible too, depending upon the needs of the student and the course.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe differentiating my instruction to fit my student’s needs ultimately occurs through technology and inquiry-based instruction. By introducing concepts rooted in practical application, students will find more interest in topics. I also recognize that independent learning occurs with strategies for problem solving. During sessions, I emphasize how to problem solve and certain steps that can be taken. My students are able to attack a problem using my methods, and if they are stumped can use appropriate technology resources to help push them.