I am a graduate of Kent State University (B.S, Geology), the Colorado School of Mines (M.S., Geophysics), and Boston University (Ph.D, Geology). I spent the major part of my professional life working in the fields of geology and geophysics, but ended my career teaching, including three years teaching math and science at the 5th-8th grade levels, and eight years teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-calculus and AP Calculus at a College Preparatory High School. I also taught (and continue to teach) 4th-7th graders summers at DECATS, an enrichment program for academically advanced students, including classes on mental math.
Since retiring I have spent time tutoring, mainly in mathematics. I enjoy both teaching and tutoring, since I found that teaching others is only possible if you truly understand something yourself. I have also found that most students fear math because they have convinced themselves they are incapable of ever understanding it: convincing them that it is possible to learn the math seems to be almost more important than actually teaching the math. I always struggled with math myself: I like to say if I could learn it, anyone can.
When not otherwise engaged, I like to walk, occasionally ride my bike, and try to keep up with reading.
Undergraduate Degree: Kent State University at Kent - Bachelor of Science, Geology
Graduate Degree: Colorado School of Mines - Master of Science, Geophysics and Seismology
Graduate Degree: Boston University - Doctor of Science, Geology
Walking, hiking, biking; working around the house and trying to keep the yard in reasonable shape.