I have worked for over 15 years with students in small groups and individually. My primary subject of tutoring is in math, which I love. To me, there is no better feeling than seeing the light come on when a concept that was "too hard" becomes understandable to a student. I also love that students from past years will approach me in public and share their successes and thank me for the help I was able to give them.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Belhaven University - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
ACT Composite: 31
ACT English: 33
ACT Science: 33
SAT Math: 720
Music, spending time with my kids, gardening, refinishing furniture, camping, walking on the beach
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Composition
CLEP College Mathematics
COMPASS Mathematics Prep
Computational Problem Solving
Elementary School Math
FCAT 2.0 Prep
HSPT Math Prep
HSPT Quantitative Prep
ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that everyone can have a deeper understanding of mathematical principles. I also believe that there is more than one way to solve any given problem. I do not believe that rote memorization of facts or processes is true learning. To that end, I talk with each student and ask questions to find out how each person thinks and how they best learn. I am then able to show them different techniques using their strengths to guide the lesson. I continue to check for understanding throughout the lesson to ensure that the process is working, and if not, I change direction. In this way, my instruction is personalized for each student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I have an informal "get to know each other" time for the first few minutes. I then ask the student what their goals are for tutoring, as well as their expectations. We will review any diagnostic results together, and I tell them what I think the best starting place is and how we will progress. If we agree, we move on. If not, we modify the plan and go from there.