I have three BS degrees from North Carolina State University, Biological Sciences and Secondary Science Education in 1990, and Chemical Engineering in 1998.
I did my student teaching in 1989 at Jordan High School in Durham. I received my NC Teacher's Certification in 1990, but I allowed it to expire as I chose to work in industry.
My work experience includes 12 years in a molecular genetics laboratory as well as biotech pharmaceutical manufacturing, large scale fermentation manufacturing, and SAS database programming in the clinical trials industry.
My education and experience have provided me with a unique approach to tutoring. Whenever possible, I like to put the complex concepts covered into every day examples. I receive personal satisfaction when I see that light go on in a student's face. You can always see that breakthrough.
I do not provide answers. I provide the tools to work towards the answer. Sometimes, problems need to be approached from different angles.
I also try to foster a relationship with the student's parent/guardian. I am always ready to discuss progress or areas that need work, but I also like to include the student in any such discussion. Also, I have found it advantageous to establish contact with the student's teacher(s), but only after approval from parents and teachers. I currently have several clients that I exchange weekly updates with their teachers. I find it beneficial to the success of the student in and out of the classroom.
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