I graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and was a member of The National Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta (Mathematics Honor Society). I was chosen as the Student of the Year by my town's Chamber of Commerce and received a President's Education Award in 2001. I was a member of our school's math team in grades 7-12 and my team won the state competition for Geometry my junior year. I got my start tutoring while in high school as I helped many of my classmates in various subjects. Most notably I helped two of my classmates maintain their standing in the Beta Club when they were at risk of failing Algebra III, Chemistry, and/or Physics.
I attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), where I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Math Minor. While at UAH I participated in the Cooperative Education program and worked full-time (alternating semesters) at the US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) on Redstone Arsenal. Upon my graduation I was converted to a position in a 2 year intern program, which I completed in 2009 and have since remained a full time Department of the Army civilian employee. During my time as a co-op student at AMCOM I also tutored my coworker's daughter in math. When we started our tutoring sessions she was having trouble grasping many of the concepts, however, upon completion of our sessions she was able to work her math problems with little to no assistance and has gone on to attend Jacksonville State University where she maintains above average grades in all subjects, including math.
One of my high school teachers told me, on a visit back to my hometown after my college graduation, that, after watching me with my classmates, he always thought I would wind up being a teacher. While I do not have the inclination to make teaching a career, I do love helping students learn. I have a fairly laid back style with my tutoring as I believe wholeheartedly that the learning process is much more effective when the student feels at ease, however, I do work to maintain a sense of structure with tutoring sessions in order to keep everything on track and moving forward.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for many students is a lack of confidence so I start from day one trying to build their self-esteem. Also, as I have been diagnosed with ADHD myself, so I understand the unique needs of ADD/ADHD students and work to find ways to help them stay focused so they can perform at the academic levels they are truly capable of achieving.
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