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Jim F.

Louisville, CO

$40/hr

Teaching Math for 20 Years and Loving It Forever!

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Teaching Math for 20 Years and Loving It Forever!

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I have taught students from kindergarten through eighth grade for 20 years in Boulder Valley School District, spending the majority of that time teaching middle school math and science. I have also tutored high school students and adults in Honors Geometry, Advanced Algebra 2, and Precalculus.

I love working with kids of any school age as well as adults, helping them understand math and helping them find joy in it! I am very patient and work from where the student is, solidifying existing understanding, clarifying misconceptions, and building from there.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in mathematics and a Master's degree in Education. Whether tutoring or in the classroom, teaching is my passion and great joy.

Please consider working with me. I can help!

Testimonials

"Expert at diagnosing misunderstandings!"

- Leigh, Boulder, CO on 12/12/14

"Fabulous"

- Amy, Louisville, CO on 12/16/14

"Super Tutor"

- Jessica, Boulder, CO on 4/13/14

"Awesome Tutor"

- Modesty, Denver, CO on 4/3/14

"Outstanding Geometry and Biology tutor; My son's grades went from C+ to A+"

- Mike, Louisville, CO on 3/15/14

"Excellent teacher"

- Colleen, Louisville, CO on 8/18/13

"Excellent. Works very well with my 16 y/o son in Honors Geometry"

- Stewart, Denver, CO on 1/7/13

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Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra 1 for over 15 years in the public school setting and continue to teach it in the classroom as well as one-on-one. I love connecting with students and helping them find connections between what they already understand about the world and math and the variety of topics in Algebra 1. These topics include: expressions and equations, linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, properties of rational and irrational numbers, properties of exponents, systems of equations, and analytical and graphical representations of data. I look forward to helping you or your student make the connections to algebraic thinking in a fun and meaningful way!

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra 2 in a classroom setting and tutored middle school and high school students in Algebra 2 for several years. I am happy to help with any Algebra 2 topics including: complex numbers, transformations on functions (polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric), operations on polynomial expressions, equations and functions, circular and triangular trigonometry, rational and radical expressions and equations, finite series, recursive and explicit formulas, and exponential and logarithmic expressions, equations, and functions.

Elementary (K-6th)

I greatly enjoy teaching math, science, reading, writing, history, geography, spelling and grammar to kindergarten through 6th grade students. I have taught grades K-8 for the past 19 years as a public school teacher in Boulder Valley Schools and I am currently teaching 6th through 8th grade students. I am happy to work with your child in any one area or a variety of areas that would fit your needs! I love teaching individual subjects and integrating subjects as well.

Elementary Math

I have taught all levels of elementary school math from kindergarten through 6th grade and beyond! I love working with students to discover where challenges lie and finding fun and engaging ways to help them learn!

Elementary Science

I have taught all types of elementary school and middle school science for 19 years in the public school classroom and as a tutor. I am happy to help your student with any science topic including: earth science (geography, landforms, astronomy, ...), life science (plants, animals, classification, genetics, ...), physical science (electricity, simple machines, sound and light, forces), or chemistry. I have taught kindergarten through eighth grade students for 19 years and love working with all ages. I love working with students to discover where interests and challenges lie and finding fun and engaging ways to help them learn!

Geometry

I have taught regular and honors level geometry for over ten years in public school classrooms and have been a tutor in geometry for eight years. I am happy to help with any topics in Geometry and Honors Geometry which include:properties of polygons and polyhedra, transformations, properties of circles and spheres, logic and geometric proof, probability, trigonometric ratios and identities, geometric modeling, measurement and dimension, similarity and congruence, and coordinate geometry. Let me know what I can do to help!

Linear Algebra

I have been teaching pre-algebra through Algebra 2 both in the public school classroom and as a tutor for 15 years. I would love to help you or your student find the connections between what is already understood and any of the areas of linear algebra including: properties of rational and irrational numbers, properties of exponents and radicals, patterns associated with bivariate data, transformations, congruence, and similarity, volume of polyhedra, cones, cylinders and spheres, linear equations and graphing, functions and function notation, and simultaneous equations. Let me know how I can help make those connections!

Prealgebra

I have been teaching various levels of math to middle school students for the past 15 years in a public school classroom and as a tutor. I love helping students make connections between what they already understand and concepts they are struggling with. I am happy to help with any topics in Pre-algebra including:proportional reasoning, rational numbers (fractions, decimals, percents. integers), geometry (area of circles and polygons, volume and surface area of polyhedra), similarity and congruence, probability and sampling, and introduction to writing algebraic expressions and solving equations. Let me know what I can do to help!

Precalculus

I have been tutoring students in precalculus for several years. I feel very comfortable with the material and effective ways to explain the algorithms and practical applications of all precalculus topics. Those topics include: logarithmic and exponential functions, polynomial and rational functions, vectors, conic sections, complex numbers, trigonometry and trig identities, and limits.

Trigonometry

I have been teaching trigonometry through honors geometry and Algebra 2 for over ten years as a public school teacher and as a tutor. I am happy to help with any of the following areas of trigonometry: circular trigonometry (unit circle, radians, polar coordinates), trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, products and factoring, properties of right triangles, and Pythagorean identities. Let me know what I can do to help!

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Civil Engineering
University of Colorado at Denver
MEd

Education

Metropolitan State University of Denver (Civil Engineering)

University of Colorado at Denver (MEd)

Expert at diagnosing misunderstandings! — Jim really has a knack for helping students explore what they do and do not understand. Jim gently helps our son reflect on his own problem-solving logic, which is strengthening our son's overall comprehension of math as a subject. The private learning time with Jim really supplements the classroom learning experience, as it gives our son the time and safety to ask for help. Our son now really lik ...

— Leigh, Boulder, CO on 12/12/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jim will travel within 10 miles of Louisville, CO 80027.


About Jim

I have taught students from kindergarten through eighth grade for 20 years in Boulder Valley School District, spending the majority of that time teaching middle school math and science. I have also tutored high school students and adults in Honors Geometry, Advanced Algebra 2, and Precalculus.

I love working with kids of any school age as well as adults, helping them understand math and helping them find joy in it! I am very patient and work from where the student is, solidifying existing understanding, clarifying misconceptions, and building from there.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in mathematics and a Master's degree in Education. Whether tutoring or in the classroom, teaching is my passion and great joy.

Please consider working with me. I can help!

Testimonials

"Expert at diagnosing misunderstandings!"

- Leigh, Boulder, CO on 12/12/14

"Fabulous"

- Amy, Louisville, CO on 12/16/14

"Super Tutor"

- Jessica, Boulder, CO on 4/13/14

"Awesome Tutor"

- Modesty, Denver, CO on 4/3/14

"Outstanding Geometry and Biology tutor; My son's grades went from C+ to A+"

- Mike, Louisville, CO on 3/15/14

"Excellent teacher"

- Colleen, Louisville, CO on 8/18/13

"Excellent. Works very well with my 16 y/o son in Honors Geometry"

- Stewart, Denver, CO on 1/7/13
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Education

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Civil Engineering
University of Colorado at Denver
MEd

Education

Metropolitan State University of Denver (Civil Engineering)

University of Colorado at Denver (MEd)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Louisville, CO 80027

Jim’s Subjects

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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