I have been in the school system for more than thirty years either teaching or learning. I'm a former math teacher who knows how to demonstrate easy, fun and effective ways of learning math. For example, when a student thinks 3x+4=7x, I would explain that let x=apple and let 4=potato. Then the student would understand that he or she cannot add apples and potatoes together. Mainly I teach algebra I and algebra II. Algebra is all about variables that deal with x,y,z, or other letters that take the place of a number(s). Most students don't like math because of these unknown numbers and they don't want to deal with them. Students' fear of math comes from these variables. I tell my students that variables are just boxes (in this case parenthesis) just like when they learned in second grade. For example, 2+( )=10. Then students understand that ( )= 8. In other words, x=8. Once students learn the basics of math, they become confident and excited about doing math. This is my excitement as well.
I understand that school-age children are very vulnerable to addictive behavior, society's fascination with violence, and other factors because they have not yet developed social, personal, and academic skills to overcome their vulnerability. Therefore, I try to help students in developing and shaping their lives safely.
I earned a master's degree in counseling from San Jose State University and a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in math. After graduating from school, I taught as a substitute teacher in various school districts in the South San Jose area. I also served as a full time math teacher in a public school system for three years. During those three years, I tutored high school students after school. I also served as an afternoon school teacher in the South San Jose area and ESL at CalCC. I can teach students, motivate students, and encourage students to become successful in their academic career.
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