I have taught students from elementary to college in Math and Science. Additionally, I am a certified SCUBA Instructor who has taken literally hundreds of people on their first open water dives (many of whom had only entry level swimming skills). My teaching experience has demonstrated that each student learns in a different manner and the best teachers are those who can recognize the signs, meet the student at their level, and patiently guide them to the next level.
My teaching methods are a culmination of decades of practical work experience and formal education in the biological and natural sciences. I have a Bachelor's degree in Marine Science from the University of Hawaii and a Master's in Marine Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology. My thesis for both degrees was focused upon the description and statistical analysis of coral reef fishes surrounding the Island of Hawaii. My success in these endeavors required an extensive knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics, Ecology and Marine Biology. I led AAUS dive teams to gather the necessary data, as well as, developed the appropriate computer databases, statistical analysis, scientific and community presentations of the findings.
My experience in education includes a teaching assistantship for senior level Marine Biology and undergraduate Biology courses, after-school tutoring of Math and English for elementary students in Hawaii, professional note-taker for the University of Hawaii, as well as, conducting public outreach programs for the National Park Service within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
More recently I served as a Sea Turtle Biologist capturing, tagging, and monitoring sea turtle populations along the Florida coastline. This included marine science education and public outreach programs. I was also deployed for sea turtle monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Oil Spill.
In summary, I am a confident, professional, and skilled teacher who is patient and detailed in my instruction. I understand the key to owning knowledge is unlocking both the how and why things work. This is true whether it be Science or Math. Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your individual needs so we can begin to customize a lesson plan.
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