Everyone has a unique life experience of his or her own; I certainly have a particularly unusually varied background where I have pursued initially in music (the piano), then liberal arts (linguistic), and eventually health science--I received my DDS degree from NYU and practiced as a general dentist. I strongly believe my learning experience could help any students certainly with the regular academics but also life lesson in general.
Until recently, I was teaching a class of about fifteen 5th graders during weekdays and a larger group of 6th graders on Saturdays at a private after-school program in Queens, NY. I learned many valuable lessons as a teacher and a counselor--the most crucial of all was how to keep the students motivated and maintain their academic stimulation. My students did well, and it gave me such joy as I noticed their academic progress and improvement. I made sure that each and every student was feeling as if they were given plenty of personal and individual attention BY ACTUALLY GIVING PLENTY OF PERSONAL AND INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION! Sounds simple enough but rather easier said than done, and I pride myself in managing to do so.
I believe that the first and foremost of teaching math, as in any subject, is the firm establishment and thorough understanding of the basic concepts and fundamentals. Learning is consequential; without the firm basic core, the students cannot progress further. I have witnessed those students who were forced to move on to the next levels without fully understanding the basic fundamentals, and as a result, they struggled and even developed the fear of learning! Not with me. I believe in individualized, custom-made teaching, if you will.
I am an avid runner, and in fact, having done several half-marathons, now I am registered and training for my first full marathon later this year: NYC Marathon 2015! Wish me luck! Also, being a former piano major and a lifetime music lover, I still perform chamber music as a hobby and attend concerts and operas frequently, and of course, I'm also a great fan of the theatres in general, musicals as well as plays. After all, I live in New York City.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Bachelor in Arts, Linguistics
Graduate Degree: NYU College of Dentistry - Doctor of Dental Science, Dentistry
running, classical music/opera, theatres