I obtained my BA in philosophy at UCLA and my MA in philosophy at Biola University. I have been a credentialed, classroom teacher for over 14 years and I have had over 20 years of experience giving instruction. I've been working with students that range from kindergarten to 12th grade and adults. I have taught and tutored many subjects and I feel quite comfortable discussing and covering various subjects. Some of my experience includes language arts, math, science, history, writing, Spanish, computers, and career planning topics. I am strongly focused on student learning rather than teacher teaching. It's with this approach and philosophy that my students find success, understanding, and appreciation for what they are learning. General curiosity, question asking and question answering, guide me in my own learning. I have interests and hobbies that include guitar, harmonica, singing, reading, movies, salsa dancing, baseball (go Dodgers), basketball (go Lakers), hockey (Kings!), boxing, racquetball, volleyball, current events, business, marketing, economics, and philosophy. I love a good superhero movie, eating out, traveling, and getting to know so much of what the city of Los Angeles has to offer.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelors, Philosophy
Graduate Degree: Biola University - Masters, Philosophy
Singing, guitar, harmonica, salsa dancing, movies, reading, philosophy, business, marketing, economics, math
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I am very focused on student learning (which is quite distinct from teacher teaching). With constant evaluation (from assessments, exercises, body language, questions asked and not asked, etc.), I provide an appropriate setting for the student to learn information through explanation (verbal and nonverbal), modeling, application, etc. Each student is different, and I take that heavily into account as I work with students. With my approach, I've been very successful in the facilitation of students reaching goals and levels of potential that they didn't initially realize.