As a fully-credentialed California teacher in secondary mathematics, I have completed an internship that included CLAD certification. I have tutored and taught more than 2,000 students during the most recent 12 years and, during that time, have assisted over 100 students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, more than half of whom were taking Adderall. Each experienced an SAT score increase of over 200 points while one student took and passed his AP Statistics exam (with a score of 4). I am a National Board Certified Teacher with emphasis in Adolescent/Young Adults (14-18 years of age) in Mathematics and have a Masters of Arts in Education
As a student at the University of California at Berkeley, I took and passed the AFOQT with the highest score ever achieved at that institution (and that is a well-qualified, highly-motivated population of students!). As a result, I received a full-ride scholarship for both my senior year of undergraduate Engineering and my first year of graduate school in Business Administration. I became a Cadet Major in the AFROTC, earned the Commandant's Award for outstanding leadership at my summer encampment, and finished as a qualified pilot candidate for undergraduate pilot training. Let me help you start your military career on a strong footing!
I have taught Algebra 1 at the remedial, and honors, level for the past twelve years in magnet schools within LAUSD. I introduced an artificial intelligence software-based interactive tutorial to the district and also incorporated a series of diagnostic tests from UCLA to assess each student's level of mastery (and to target their next efforts, and measure their results). Let me provide accurate feedback for you and your student, and let's work together to produce measurable results!
I have completed all coursework required for an MBA from UC Berkeley, with an incomplete grade in one finance course and also my thesis. I have created, operated, and sold three small businesses (tool and equipment rental yard, chain of 7 Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles, and a real estate syndication firm). I have been a corporate executive in six firms, including Vice President of Acquisitions for a national real estate syndicator raising $1 million each quarter, Chief Financial Officer for a mortgage brokerage firm originating over $10 million in loans monthly, and Executive Vice President for a real estate development firm that developed over $50 million in real estate development projects in five states. I have been President of three sub-chapter S corporations, with activities as various as wine distribution, furniture importation, and securities brokerage.
Prior to starting my career teaching in public schools, I took the CBEST and Praxis exams to establish my qualifications for teaching, albeit without a credential. I am personally familiar with both the content and the format of the test. I passed with such a high score, my results were flagged by the LAUSD personnel department who contacted me to teach immediately with an Emergency Credential at my choice of 33 job openings within the district, including one as a math coach to assist other teachers with their pedagogy and personal mastery of the subject matter. I ultimately began my public teaching career at a magnet school, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.
I have been playing chess since age 4, started the Chess Club at my most recent high school as the teacher/sponsor, and play regularly with my mentor, a Master (not grand Master yet). I coordinated a simultaneous chess match for my mentor to play ten of my students at once. Incidentally, he won all ten matches, as expected. I am NOT a Grand Master, but believe strongly in the advantages and benefits for students, particularly inner-city youth, to experience the thrill of victory and the demonstration of choices and consequences which chess provides.
After graduating high school at age 16, I enrolled directly in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley, graduating with honors in Civil Engineering. I am a lifetime member of the Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society),the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)and ASTM (American Standards for Testing Materials).
I tested for and was awarded an Engineer-In-Training certificate, EIT, after graduating from Berkeley. While attending as an undergraduate, I worked for three 6-month stints for the City of Oakland in a Cooperative Work/Study program administered jointly by my college and the City, working in plan check, surveying, materials & soils testing lab, and designing various public works projects in the City.
As a dues-paying member of Culinary Workers and Bartenders, Local 623 in Hayward, California, I earned my tuition and living expenses while attending UC Berkeley. During graduate school, again at Berkeley, I supported myself as a firefighter/paramedic and was the un-official cook at the firehouse. I routinely barbeque (that's the 6 to 10 hour version over slow charcoal, not just grilling over propane flames, although I do that as well) for friends and family, and have been brewing beer (specifically well-hopped ales) for over ten years. Hungry yet?!
I am a National Board Certified Teacher, 2010. During my eleven years as a public school techer, I have taught students and tutees in primary schools (as well as my own grandchildren ages 2 through 6!). My recent Master of Arts in Teaching (2010) provides evidence of my background in pedagogy for a wide variety of student ages, abilities, and disabilities. Therefore, I have knowledge of both the content and pedagogical techniques to be a successful and effective tutor for K-6 students.
I have helped students prepare for high stakes testing for more than a dozen years. Tests I have prepared students for range from ISEE, through ACT and SAT, to GMAT, GRE and LSAT. The right mindset is often more important than the specific subject matter knowledge. I encourage you to think of the process more like a game than like a test. Let's meet to discuss your goals and previous preparation efforts. I am sure we can cobble together a meaningful and productive plan to get you over the hump and allow you to obtain your personal best score!
I am currently preparing two other potential graduate students for their GRE exam this Fall. I have prepared literally hundreds of students over the past twelve years, initially with The Princeton Review (where I recruited and trained their One-to-One tutors and developed materials) and now independently. In Manhattan Beach (Mira Costa High), half of the students who exceeded a score of 2000 on their SAT in the last ten years trained with me. I have also trained each of the editors of the Mira Costa newspaper for the past six years.
I am a National Board Certified Teacher (2010)for Adolescents/Young Adults (ages 14-18) in Mathematics, fully-credentialed in the State of California with both an ELA and CLAD certifications. I have been a Master Tutor for The Princeton Review, and have tutored both SAT and ACT test-prep for over twelve years, tutoring well over 300 private tutees during that time. I have also tutored more than 20 younger students in either ISEE and SSAT. I recently (2010)completed coursework and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from National University.
I have completed all coursework for an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley (with incomplete grades in one finance course and my thesis course). Marketing, both regional and international, was covered in depth within that program. I have practiced marketing (as distinct from advertising) in the domestic franchising market, growing a small restaurant chain from one location to seven in the span of three years. Recently, I have completed a guerrilla marketing seminar and a social networking and internet seminar to update my skill set.
As a teaching candidate prior to earning my California credential, I sat for the PRAXIS examination in mathematics and successfully earned an Emergency Teaching Credential(2002). I am familiar with both the multiple choice and constructed response formats of questions, and have successfully coached over 300 Advanced Placement students in both Calculus and Statistics in the constructed response format of questioning.
I have taught literally hundreds of high school students mathematics (including Trig/Math Analysis and Pre-calculus at both the regular and Honors levels) over the past twelve years. Since I also teach AP Statistics and AP Calculus (A/B and B/C), I know where your studies are taking you and can connect you to your next subject without the frustration of learning a "trick of the week" to get you through your current course but not being able to advance smoothly to your next course. Let me help you reach your goals with confidence and clarity; math can be so rewarding, even fun, when we remove the drudgery!
I have presented to auditorium groups as large as 1,500 (American Industrial Realtors) and have performed on a weekly live television broadcast in Los Angeles, Channel 22, KMEX. I have been the voice on tape for Recording for the Blind, reading both technical and scientific textbooks for un-sighted, motor-challenged, and dyslexic students to assist them in completing their studies. I have been interviewed repeatedly on live radio broadcasts for both AM and FM stations in both the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles areas.
I have taught Advanced Placement statistics for over ten years to literally hundreds of students. I prefer a conceptual approach to the topics, allowing your calculator or computer to perform the "heavy-lifting" while you direct the inquiries and interpret the results. Statistics is designed to allow inferences to be drawn in areas where we do NOT have full information. That description, of course, applies to most human activities: from finance, to pharmaceuticals, to marketing, and even to politics. Let me help you grasp the concepts that will propel you forward in your current academics and onward in your career!
I am a National Board Certified Teacher who has tutored for the past twelve years and taught in public schools for the past eleven years. Motivation is often a factor, and I have helped literally hundreds of students get "pumped up" for everything from quizzes to AP examinations to SAT/ACT college entrance tests. I use customized graphic organizers to assist my students with their prioritization and organization to keep track of details and assist their memory.