I am an experienced high school physics and mathematics teacher, retired, with current Massachusetts certification in both areas. I have taught various levels of mathematics--through calculus--as standalone courses and as part of the content of physics courses, so I have a range of pedagogical strategies in these areas. I am very much aware of the challenges many students face in their early encounters with these subjects, and work to build confidence as well as proficiency.
Prior to my teaching career a lifelong interest in--and deep affection for--mathematics and physics led me to wonderful adventures as an aerospace engineer. While a NASA employee on the Apollo Project, I made extensive use of algebra and calculus in the development of orbital rendezvous techniques. Later on I participated in the design of the space shuttle, and the development of the first GPS operating software. Thus I have an informed perspective regarding both teaching and application of these disciplines.
Recently I have been accepting some on-line tutoring requests in order to evaluate the Wyzant on-line tutoring facility, which is in beta development, and assess its feasibility for my content. It seems to work well for properly prepared students. "Properly prepared" in this context would mean that the student is able to use the Google Chrome browser, has downloaded and enabled the latest version of Java, and has audio and visual capability on their computer.
I am presently only available for tutoring sessions that conclude before 2:00 pm on weekdays.
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