Hi parents and students,
I specialize in math, science, health, Bible, career development, and computer expertise from 5th-12th grade. I'm also willing to help younger or college students be successful with classwork and on state tests, ACT, SAT, GED, Praxis and GRE test preparation. I will tutor in person, by phone, email, or online. I'm willing to travel. My rate is $40/hour. I'm compassionate and patient but firm when needed.
I'm Chris or students can call me Mr. B. My passion is to be a part of the process of students experiencing the "Ahaa!" Moments. My best times in school were when I wrestled with a concept and finally realized what it all meant. That's the Ahaa! Moment I want for my students. Plus if there is a subject that you don't like, it's much more fun to do something you don't like with someone you do like. I'd like to come alongside you and partner with you in this endeavor.
By training, I've been a Highly Qualified public school teacher since 2004. My Mississippi teacher certifications include Math 7th - 12th grades, General Science 7th - 12th grades, Career Discovery, Bible, and Information and Communication Technology 1 (7th grade computer class). I'm also certified as an online instructor (C.O.O.L.), and I'm IC3 certified (Internet and Computing Core Certification) by Certiport in Microsoft Office and basic computer work. My undergraduate degree was in engineering and my master's degree was in theology and biblical languages. I scored 34 on ACT Math and have passed the Praxis Series for teacher certification, the Math Content Knowledge 7th grade - 12th grade Praxis for teachers and GRE so I can provide helpful hints, test-taking strategies and guidance on preparing for those tests, also. Other coursework beyond my undergraduate degree has been in Math and Math Education. Recently, I've been trained in Conscious Discipline to balance the academic and mental needs with the emotional and social needs of students, because educating involves the whole student and not just the mind. Specifically, lack of motivation can be the first barrier to overcome. I also have been trained in chaplaincy and pastoral care so the spiritual side of life can be helpful to keep in mind when students are frustrated and disappointed with failing and need encouragement not to lose hope and give up.
Personally, I have been to about a dozen countries, including having lived in Spain for three years and in China for five weeks so I can share experiences and fresh examples to help make abstract concepts more understandable. Socially, I have a YouTube channel, a blog, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account so I can share my tech savvy. Recreationally, I have coached my son's U4 soccer team and enjoy teaching him how to swim during the summer, and I have trained for and completed the Disney World marathon in 2010 and a triathlon in 2013 so I can patiently help you to finish well. Intellectually, I have facilitated a FIRST Lego League robotics team since 2010 and have led music and drama for children's worship service since 2009 so I can teach problem solving and public speaking. Ultimately, I'm an avid reader and have a love for learning so I want to instill that in others. Spiritually, I believe that all things are possible if you don't give up. Motivationally, I was given some advice when I struggled with some classes in college: "It's not the smart people to look out for in the world, but it's those who are persistent and don't give up. Those are the ones who will be successful!"
I look forward to working with you in meeting your child's or your needs as a student. I appreciate you giving me the privilege of being a part of your and your family's success.
With Great Expectations,
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