Although I have enjoyed many of the positions I have held throughout my professional career, I am most passionate about teaching. I pursued and achieved a degree in Meteorology, a program in which one must excel in science, math, and writing. Since then, I have applied these skills in positions with the space program, providing weather forecasts to vessels on voyages across the all of the world's oceans, and presenting research for the National Weather Service. While in school, I spent a year tutoring students in their meteorology classes. After graduation, I spent a year as a private tutor, helping a student who needed to complete 36 units in 2 semesters to graduate. I enjoyed the experience so much that I knew I eventually wanted to pursue a career in teaching. I believe I bring to students a variety of different methods for tackling their challenging coursework and practical experience in applying the skills they are being asked to learn. It is always easier to apply oneself when one understands the practical application of what is being taught.
I believe I bring a unique perspective to students...that all individuals are capable of excelling at any subject so long as they apply themselves. I am enthusiastic, passionate, and knowledgeable. When tutoring a student, I believe in a hands-on approach. For example, throughout my academic career, I found that too often, math teachers only taught the very basics of each chapter. As a result, average students would be able to solve the basic homework problems themselves (typically the first half of the assignment) and then be lost when they worked their way into the more difficult problems in each set. I try to avoid this by working with the students through as many easy, moderate, and difficult problems as possible. This same technique can be used for a variety of subjects. Once students learn the process for tackling new problems, they can excel on their own.
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