My "Specialties": Algebra, Math 1, Elementary and Middle grades math, test taking skills and strategies, learning disabilities, self help and building confidence
Students should not only know how to do mathematics but they should see the field of study as exciting and useful so that they will be motivated and more susceptible to gain and retain a deep conceptual and comprehensive understanding of the subject's domain.
Note to the tutee:
I have nothing but the highest expectations for all of you. I will demand hard work and positive attitudes from each of you every session and every day. We will have plenty of fun, but there is work to be done in improving ourselves continually. My goal is for US to become better people, better students and teachers, and to learn about life and mathematics along the way.
"If YOU fail, then I fail! THIS IS NOT AN OPTION! Only TOGETHER will we succeed!"
Note to parents and students: What you can expect
- I will work to create a learning environment that maximizes your potential for success.
- I am always striving to learn the newest, quickest, coolest, most efficient way of doing things.
- Student participation and active involvement in the teaching and learning process is a MUST.
- I will work to create a positive environment where teaching and learning mathematics is exciting, motivating, and continuing.
- I have the ability to create a spark in student interest and enthusiasm, which in return makes students more confident and successful
- I am committed to explore and utilize the most effective teaching strategies, methods, and resources in order to contribute to the student's need and success
- I have the ability to implement differentiated instruction, increase student achievement, and create powerful learning experiences that engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities.
-I use techniques that will work to maximize the motivation, understanding, attitude, and achievement of each unique individual.
-I work to increase student morale and their capability to reason and think mathematically
- I am committed to contributing to the needs of students and improving the future for all.
I taught high school math for six years. As a ninth grade Algebra 1 and 1A/1B teacher, I was challenged on a daily basis to teach diverse students that were unmotivated and apathetic. I taught mostly inclusion classes that contained several students with special needs and accommodations. Some students were repeating the course for the second or even the third time. I essentially was their last hope. I was responsible for after school tutoring and remediation. I was held accountable for EOC testing, students graduating and the degree to which the school achieves its goals. All of this "hanging over my head" had a profound affect on my classroom instruction and assessment. It made me more motivated and determined to do whatever it takes to ensure success for all. After my teaching career I worked part time tutoring middle and high school students from The American Children's Home. I also held a math camp for elementary students twice a week. And as stated above I have several years of experience working with students that have learning disabilities ranging anywhere from ADD and Autism to students with Cerebral Palsy.
Regardless of the need and/or challenge in front of you I will do any and everything I can to help you to feel prepared, confident, and ready to tackle whatever obstacle may be standing in your way. I want you to see your true potential and the positive results of hard work and effort. If at anytime I ever feel that someone or some place would better be able to serve you then I will definitely let you know. I do not want to waste your time nor mine.
If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to email or call me. Thank you. And I look forward to working with you soon!
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone is different, but everyone is able!!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Talk with the student. Get to know the student, parent, and teacher. Look over some of the student's work, grades, and notes. Learn as much about each other and the work ethic and expectations as possible.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Hold them accountable. Give them tips and tricks on how they can/should help themselves.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to explain in another way. And practice! Practice! Practice!