As a high school Physics, AP Physics, and Astronomy teacher, I have lots of experience in education! I volunteered for 18 months as an educator in Texas, teaching in Spanish. I've tutored for various subjects over the span of seven years, and have been teaching piano for even longer than that. The reason I've chosen to become a physics teacher is because I love the way I can see students light up when they finally grasp a concept. My dearest ambition is to touch the lives of my students and help them develop a greater love of learning.
My specific teaching style is very active and involved. I believe in the power of positive reinforcement and practicing a concept until mastery is achieved. My goal as a teacher and as a tutor is to assist my students to the point where they no longer need me at all. This involves much more than just going over flashcards, or spoon-feeding the correct homework answers. I help my students develop study skills, learning strategies, and confidence to help them achieve their goals and be successful in the future.
There are a plethora of specific subjects that I am qualified and eager to teach. As I mentioned previously, I am fluent in reading, writing, and conversational Spanish, having studied it in Mexico previous to my educational volunteer time in Texas. I also am highly proficient in high school and college English, having received a near perfect score on that section of the ACT. My SAT and ACT scores, as well as the strategies I've learned for effective test-taking, have given me the opportunity to help others prepare for those college-entrance exams.
Since math is such an integral part of physics (no pun intended), I am also thoroughly qualified to tutor in mathematics which range from pre-algebra all the way up to college-level calculus and differential equations. Additionally, I have two minors: one in astrophysics and the other in music. I learned to read music at the age of four and have been playing the piano ever since then. My other musical exploits have included choral singing as well as choral conducting, composition, theory, organ, and guitar.
Awards that I have won and recognition I have received include AP Scholar with honor, National Merit Scholar, Honor roll, my university's Outstanding Mathematical Achievement award, and over $500,000 of offered scholarships, including several full-rides.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to teach and tutor! There's nothing I would rather be doing with my life than helping others progress on their path of discovery.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Provo - Bachelor of Education, Physics Teacher Education
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1430
SAT Math: 730
Include, but are not limited to: Piano, organ, guitar, singing, composing, stargazing, hiking, beach-bumming, exploring, climbing trees, jumping in puddles, biking, longboarding, running, rollerblading, ice skating, rock climbing, writing poetry, reading poetry, writing novels, reading novels (particularly science fiction and fantasy), journalling, painting, sketching, crocheting, and knitting
AP Music Theory
High School Physics
High School Writing
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization