Hello. I am a Massachusetts educator certified in to teach English grades 8 through 12, math grades 5 through 12, and theatre grades Kindergarten through 12.

For six years I have been employed as a high school math teacher, mostly specialized in MCAS prep but spending some time teaching Algebra 2, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. I also have degrees from Fitchburg State College in literature and theatre, so although it is currently not my most recent position, I have tutored and taught English for school and MCAS prep.

I have worked with students in small groups to help them pass the MCAS, to help them keep up with their classes while they were out of the school building for physical or behavioral reasons, and to help them pass courses they have elected to take over and above their high school requirements. I have also helped tutor adults who have had college requirements to meet, and I try to help my son become a math prodigy, but he seems to prefer science, with my reluctant approval.

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Algebra 1

Many people think of algebra as the branch of mathematics in which you have to figure out the value of variables. While this process is certainly part of algebra, the study of algebra is actually the study of relationships between elements that change over time, such as demand for a product and its price.

Most American students begin their study of algebra with an introductory unit in their middle school or junior high math courses. In this unit, they are usually exposed to very basic...
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Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is a high school mathematics class often required for graduation. Algebra 2 expands upon the principles students learned in Algebra 1, including rules of operations and relations.

The topics studied in Algebra 2 include equations and inequalities, quadratic functions, powers and polynomials.

Students who study Algebra 2 work to solve equations using matrices. The course also sees the introduction of concepts such as exponential and logarithmic functions.

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Geometry

Geometry comes in two catagories:

1. mathematics of shapes: the branch of mathematics that is concerned with the properties and relationships of points, lines, angles, curves, surfaces, and solids

2."Euclidean geometry" or "solid geometry": a set of distinct theories or its application to a particular type of problem or object

The first type of geometry is found on the MCAS and is more often taught in geometry classes. The second type is less common as it...
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Precalculus

Precalculus is really just a way to get you acquainted with the main ideas of calculus: functions, rates of change, and accumulation. Moreover, precalculus attempts to show you that each of these ideas can serve as a mathematical model of a tremendous number of phenomena in our everyday experience.

Most of precalculus is just looking at examples, listening for these key words and phrases as they are used to describe different situations, and slowly coming to an understanding of how a few...
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Study Skills

A student will probably find themselves studying almost every day of the week, with homework, projects, outside reading, and test preparations. If they use the following skills, they will save time, energy, and improve their understanding of the subject they were studying.

Time-Management - It is not the amount of time you spend studying that matters. It's what you can accomplish during that time. Spending 40 hours to prepare for an exam and only earning a C clearly was a waste of your...
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Theatre

I have a degree in theatre from Fitchburg State College. I have worked on stage as an actor and backstage as a director, stage manager, and in most other capacities.

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Film

As part of my degrees in Literature and Theatre, I have participated in many discussions involving the merits and drawbacks of cinematic interpretations of novels and plays. I have participated in the making of major motion pictures, independent college productions, and films used in theatrical productions. For a majority of two school years, I taught a course in Cinema Appreciation.

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