Mathematics has always been 'fun' for me because I like puzzles and games. Of course, I struggled from time to time and can certainly identify with those who have difficulty. I have taught elementary math, middle school math, algebra, geometry (my favorite), statistics, discrete math, accelerated and honors classes, and most importantly to public school students - I have taught Georgia's new curriculum since it became Math I, Math II, Math III, etc. I am up to date on the new Common Core Math that began this fall.
I majored in Math in college without knowing what I would do with it. I became interested in computer science my first year of college. I took every class I could find about computers and programming. My first 'career' was in computer systems, from operations to designing software systems. I've worked in manufacturing, medical, credit reporting, etc. I feel that I can help students answer the question 'When am I ever going to use this?'.
I began my teaching career when I was 42. I felt that I could help students enjoy math, discover a deeper understanding to carry them through other math topics, and explain to them how math is used in everyday life and careers. My certification is grades 7-12, with gifted endorsement. I feel comfortable with students at all levels of ability.
I coached the High School Math Team for several years. We had fun and competed well. Students that weren't especially 'good' at math joined the math team just because it was fun and they learned a lot as well.
I like to use 'hands on' methods as much as possible. If you can 'see it', then you can understand it better.
I am retired so that my hours are flexible. I have two grown married daughters, four grandsons. I've been asked by many coworkers and friends to tutor their children - from elementary to college level. So many students just need some one-on-one help that they cannot get at school. My greatest joy is hearing 'Oh, I get it now!' The light WILL come on, and your fear of math will go away forever.
I look forward to working with you and/or your children to better understand mathematics.
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