I have 30 years of experience as a certificated Mathematics, Computer Programming and Applications and Statistics teacher. I have taught full time for the last 26 of these years for the Los Angeles Unified Schools at a Math/Science/Technology Magnet program teaching in all three of these subject areas. My "Specialty" course was Advanced Placement Computer Science, having taught this course with the Pascal, C++ and Java languages. There are over 2,500 of my former AP Computer Science students working either in a computer related field or in a profession such as Engineering, Business, or Medicine where they are applying their computer technology knowledge on a daily basis. Many have settled into wonderful "Dream Jobs" that make me wish I as 30 years younger and working right beside them. These young adults have adopted a common philosophy. In each of my subject areas they have realized that they needed to learn how to combine the skills they already possessed rather than learn new skills and identify how to solve the problems in front of them by properly applying these skills. With rare exceptions, when they first walked into my classroom they had no confidence in themselves. Together we found interesting and exciting ways to develop their confidence.
In Mathematics, especially, I have found that nearly every student who has difficulty has had poorly prepared teachers in their past, not necessarily as their current teacher. Usually it was in elementary school. I am patient with my students and work through problems with them. I will develop assignments and test questions that emphasize weaknesses I observe. Ultimately, I will have my students applying multiple techniques in solving "super" problems.
I have a Ph.D. in an Educational Psychology sub-field entitled Educational Research, Program Evaluation and Statistics. In my 30 years of teaching I have taught primarily at the high school level, briefly at the middle school level and during the years when our economy was in much better shape than it is today I have taught at Community Colleges and at colleges that are part of the California State University system in both undergraduate and graduate level programs.
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