Through God's grace I earned my Bachelor in Science degree from Winona State University in Winona, MN with a major in chemistry and specialize in chemistry tutoring. As a student at Winona State, I also participated in chemical research which I presented in 2018 at the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans.
First of all, I thank the LORD for my experience at Winona State and this opportunity at Varsity Tutors to teach and help students learn, grow, succeed, and take enjoyment in their studies. As a former student in chemistry, I have experienced the need for outside resources to help with mastering concepts and ideas, which allows me as a tutor to relate to my students by seeing the learning experience from their perspective and meeting their needs accordingly. It is my joy to contribute to student growth and success and enhance their learning experience. I believe that God lead me to Varsity Tutors because He gave me the gift of teaching, and working with students allows me to use my God given strengths to serve Him and pass on knowledge and wisdom to others.
My tutoring philosophy can be described in two principles, or the "two commandments of teaching". The first is teaching to serve God, the second is teaching to serve the students, by instruction, encouragement and dedication to their growth and success. Also important is building a strong bond between the teacher and student. Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love God and love others, and the same wisdom can be applied to teaching for God and students.
Some of my interests outside of tutoring and learning chemistry include lifting weights, competitive running, and golf. It is important to keep the body strong and the apostle Paul says "physical training is of some value" (1 Timothy 4:8). But most important to my life is my relationship with God, and living in God's Word, and receiving wisdom from God. Our LORD instructed every one of us to "seek first his kingdom and righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). Some of my favorite Scriptures include Philippians 4:13, Colossians 3:23, and Ephesians 2:10.