I have a BS in Molecular Biology/Genetics and 25 years of experience in both acadmic and industrial biology laboratories. At this stage in my life I am interested in changing careers to Education.
I have Licenses from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to teach Biology and General Science in the public schools. I recently completed a long-term substituting assignment at a public middle school in Fitchburg, MA.
I have a keen interest in helping people understand sometimes difficult scientific concepts. I enjoy solving people's problems and am always looking for that "a-HA!" moment when you can look in someone's eyes and realize they suddenly "get" something they didn't understand before.
My favorite course in high school was probably AP Biology, which I took my senior year. It started what has been a lifelong fascination with biological concepts, from the smallest molecules like DNA, RNA, and proteins, through the complex organization of the cell, the amazing diversity of physiology displayed by multicellular animals and finally the interactions between living organisms at the ecosystem and even global level.
In addition to my lab career in molecular and cellular biology I have always had a keen interest in natural history, ecology, and environmental subjects. I have recently gotten involved in running local programs on environmental subjects with a local volunteer group, a role I have found very fulfilling.
As for tutoring methods I believe in being professional, but informal. Students should be comfortable enough with a tutor to know that they can ask any question, no matter how basic it may be. I'm also a firm believer that creating multiple mental "connections" within a subject can help the mind remember and become proficient with a large amount of information.
I have a 12 year old son with a hearing loss, I often help him with his school work and so I have some experience working with people who are hearing impaired.
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