Hello, My name is Rett. Please allow me this opportunity to tell you a little about my background as a Math tutor and instructor. If you would like additional information, please ask. I look forward to hearing from you.
My experience in teaching math began at an early age and over the years has developed into both a passion and a career. I started as an Adjunct Instructor at Oglethorpe University in the fall of 2009. In the spring of 2010, I began teaching as an Adjunct Instructor of Math at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC Dunwoody) as well. At Oglethorpe, I currently teach Statistics. At GPC, I have taught developmental algebra classes at the beginning and intermediate level using MML and Aleks and currently I am teaching Statistics (with MyStatLab). I have also taught classes at American Intercontinental (online and ground), DeVry University, Le Cordon Bleu, and Westwood College.
Here's how it all began...
I started teaching math more than twenty years ago, when I was just twelve years old! My first student was the 19-year-old daughter of one of my mother’s best friends. She was studying before taking the GED test and struggling with the math. Once a week for several months, I spent an evening helping her through the material and practice tests.
My student earned her GED and was very grateful to me and I was extremely proud of her. Moreover, I was elated to have discovered a rewarding talent and opportunity. I had already decided that my own study of math was gratifying. However, it was not until this point that I realized that helping someone else to appreciate math was such a true pleasure.
The next student that stands out in my recollection is my older brother. By this time, I had moved to Atlanta and he was a student at Ohio State University. Over several semesters, we spent many hours on the phone: long-distance tutoring in math-based subjects ranging from Algebra to Chemistry.
In retrospect I have to question the economics of this tutoring since this was before unlimited long-distance and cell-phones. I can only figure that my brother found the phone bills were cheaper for him than hiring a local tutor. Regardless, I guess that this would count as experience in synchronous distance learning and does establish experience for online teaching in my future.
Another several years later, I was in Savannah, Georgia, finishing my undergraduate degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University, when I was offered a part-time position in the school’s Math Lab. I enjoyed the variety of students, subjects, and demands. In a given hour, I could have several students, each of whom requested unique instruction. It was necessary to quickly tailor teaching strategies to the subject and student.
After completing my BS in Mathematics, I moved back to Atlanta to take a position at Gainesville State College (GSC) as an Academic Services Professional. In this position, I again found myself tutoring college students with a variety of needs. Additionally, I was asked to teach several semesters of developmental math classes at GSC.
Soon after, I returned to school in pursuit of my Masters, which I received from Georgia Tech in May of 2009. Since earning my Masters from Georgia Tech, I have worked as an adjunct instructor at several colleges. That brings us to the present!
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