I recently graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Psychology. Since graduation I've been working in the fishing industry in Alaska, and as a firefighter in Oregon. I am also currently studying to become an actuary. I've been tutoring math students of all levels from elementary arithmetic to calculus since 2009. My favorite subject to teach is algebra because it's so important to have a solid foundation in it, and it's a subject that many students struggle with. I've found more often than not, that students struggle with math because they weren't able to master previous material. Tutoring can be extremely helpful to students because it's so much more targeted and lessons can be tailored to a students needs. My personal teaching philosophy is that any motivated student can learn math and it's up to me to figure out the most effective way get the material to stick. I try to be flexible with my approach because different students respond differently to certain teaching styles so what works well with one student may not be right for another. In my free time I play and watch a lot of basketball, unfortunately my Blazers are having a rough season. My other big interests are rock climbing and running with my Doberman/German Shepard puppy, Phife.