I am a Chemical Engineer. I currently work as a Sr. Operations Engineer at a chemical plant in Salisbury, NC. I'm a certified trainer with my organization. Although my career is fulfilling, I'm passionate about education and have always wanted to be a teacher.
I particularly enjoy teaching math and science. Neither of these subjects came easy to me when I was younger, so I can understand the frustrations of students who struggle in these areas. However, I am living proof that anyone can learn to understand the material and even learn to love it!
When tutoring a student, I am extremely patient. I understand that struggling with a subject can be frustrating and many people prefer to avoid the work all together. I have learned that relating difficult topics to something the student enjoys is an effective learning tool. I combine this technique with hands-on examples. In my experience, practice does make perfect!
I tutor in many subjects, including the following:
- Mass transfer
- Fluid dynamics
- Heat transfer
- Organic Chemistry
- And more! Contact me to see if I'm a good fit for you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Oregon State University - Bachelors, Chemical Engineering
running, yoga, guitar
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Science
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Math
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Science
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Math
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Science
5th Grade Writing
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Chemistry
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
People learn best by hands-on learning and examples. I try to supplement my teaching with images, real-world analogies, and even experiments.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student and learn about what they're favorite subject is in school. Once I know their strengths, I can use that information to aid in teaching.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Success is the best motivation. Once a student has grasped a concept, I encourage the student to practice several times to solidify the information.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help a student become an independent learner by having them practice the material once they understand it. Practice makes perfect!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I relate the information to a topic they enjoy. Combining this technique with visual concept-driven explanations and hands-on examples has proven to be very effective, in my experience.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I found that taking time to get to know a student can be very effective when we run into a wall. Knowing how a student handles frustration is immensely helpful! Also, knowing the student's passions is useful when trying to relate difficult subject material.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Again, I find relating the information to something they enjoy to be invaluable. Whether it's music, soccer or even food (I once taught fractions using pizza)!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Here visual concept-driven explanations are key, especially for math and science. Additionally, having the students do the work themselves is key to driving the learning home.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice, practice, practice! The more the student practices their work with immediate feedback, the better they will feel about their knowledge.