Hello. I attended Michigan State University and received a BS with Honors in Chemical Engineering. While doing so, I worked for MSU as a math tutor. It was at this time I realized how much I enjoyed helping others learn what seemed to come so easy to me. After graduating, I worked for a year to pay off my student loans and then enrolled at Wayne State University in Detroit to get my secondary certification.
After moving to Texas where a brother of mine lives, I got certified to teach math, chemistry, and physics. After teaching chemistry for six years, I moved to the Austin area and have been teaching math since. Having taught all three subjects, math is by far my favorite because it is so essential and fun, as well as applying to so many areas including chemistry and physics.
When working with people to help learn and understand new concepts, I feel it's important to review background knowledge and show how it applies to the new material at hand, relating to the adage that if you don't use it, you lose it.
Like I mentioned, learning math can actually be fun, especially the feel of success.
Of course, my whole life isn't all math. Personal interests, outside of family life, include collecting. From things like old toys, lunch boxes, cartoon character cookie jars, comics, collector cards, and more, I've probably have or had a collection of sorts. Many things have even spilled over to my classroom, particularly PEZ dispensers.
To sum it up, I believe one can have fun in whatever they are doing, even learning math. I like to tell people that there came a point in my life where I had to either grow up or teach, and I haven't regretted my decision since!
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering
Graduate Degree: Wayne State University - Certificate, Education
Collecting, following sports