I first gained experience tutoring math and business classes at the Campus Learning Center while I was in college 10 years ago. During this time, I not only had math and business majors as clients but I also had art, theatre, psychology, history and a variety of other majors. Needless to say, I had to learn how to explain things in a variety of ways depending on what kind of learner I was working with. I was in my junior year and working on my finance degree when I was asked if I wanted to run a course with about 25-30 students. This course was aligned with a Political Science course and designed to create small study groups led by a student who received a grade of an A in hopes of a higher success rate in the class of 150+ students. I was expected to attend the lecture class with my students and then create a lesson plan for them to highlight the key points and concepts. It was during this time that I realized I really love the learning process. The beginning is always most challenging (for me) -- figuring out how the student learns best, what prior knowledge is the student missing, and establishing a relationship with the student. Once those things are accomplished the process becomes more fluid but there are always surprises along the way which keeps it fun and interesting.
After realizing that learning was my passion, I decided to work a couple years in business but then apply for graduate school to get a Master's in Education. It was the best decision I ever made. I have been teaching for 6 years and tutoring on and off for 10. I also began a coaching career a few years ago.. Being able to utilize my love of math, sports, the learning process, and helping kids all in one career has been nothing but rewarding.
Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Commonwealth University - Bachelors, Finance
Graduate Degree: Old Dominion University - Masters, Secondary Education
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