I am currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, teaching Introduction to Biology, Biology 1, and Anatomy and Physiology 1. The subjects I cover are, atoms and elementary chemistry, molecules and bonding, biological molecules, the cell, DNA and RNA, cell division and cell reproduction and genetics and inheritance.
I have a strong background in research, with my Master's in Botany, systematics and taxonomy, with an ecology emphasis. My undergraduate classes were pre-med oriented.
I am familiar with the Massachusetts MCAS material, as both my children have completed at least middle school.
During college and graduate school, I was a lab Teaching Assistant in General Biology, Zoology and Botany.
As a senior in high school, I took AP Biology. I scored a 5/5 on the AP Exam.
I do not have a Massachusetts teaching license, but I have taken preliminary steps. I have passed both the basic Math and English exams, and the Biology subject test.
I have held laboratory research positions in academia, private industry and the USDA. Areas of interest were in plant cell culture, cancer cell research, agriculture and molecular biology.
My tutoring methods can include quizzing students, helping with homework, and especially explaining the subject as we are reviewing. An alternate explanation is often helpful for a student to fully understand. I like to bring in the history behind discoveries. I also show how different chapters in the textbook are not isolated topics but part of the whole intermingling of life and science.
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