Currently I am a teacher of Chemistry and Physics at a CA High School.
Previously I have been an educational professional for 40 years, starting as a teacher of Math and Physics in High school to AP/1st year undergraduate level and I hold teaching credentials in both California and the UK. Later I taught Chemistry (the subject of my degree) to the same standard. I have many former students who have studied at the top UK Universities; Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Imperial London and so on taking mainly the subjects that I have taught them. More recently I have been a college (for 16-19 year old students) Principal but have been required, in that role, to intervene when teachers have been underperforming. I have taught Math and Physics in that capacity and have been inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools with good results. My college was a highly successful one in the UK with students performing in the top 5% nationally when judged by their prior achievement.
I have also worked as a school improvement adviser. This, among other things, required me to observe teachers in class and to grade them and give feedback on their performance. I therefore understand what good teaching, and more importantly good learning, is.
I have worked as a private tutor in the UK, mainly for Math and Physics but also for Chemistry, I now have a regular client group in California for the same subjects both at College and High School level; I enjoy working 1 on 1 with students. I prefer to work collaboratively with the student so that they can tell me areas they feel they need to improve and I will work specifically on those areas with them. I very much believe in learning (by the student) being more important than teaching (by the teacher) and so I try at all times to give students more responsibility for their own learning while I act more in a guidance/facilitating capacity.
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