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I am a retired high school math teacher, with 6 years of classroom experience who works best with both nontraditional learners and 'high performance' students. Sessions provide instruction that matches the course requirements and school expectations. Alternatively, I offer special students a broad and rigorous math seminar.
Some of my students were described as 'struggling', 'confused by classroom instruction', 'unsuccessful with college tutors' or 'having a different learning style', we overcame these false starts with A's and B's (check the feedback section). I have personal experience students categorized as have gifted, dyslexia, ADD / ADHD or ESL issues. My student's parents tell me I'm "Professional and Patient", "Excellent, expert" and "engaging and easygoing".
Sessions are oriented towards the student's needs. Attention is given to 1) remediation - learning supporting skills, 2) reinforcement - review topics covered in the classroom/text and 3) enrichment - providing links to real world examples and uses of mathematics. I demonstrate standard calculator techniques, highlight anticipated testing questions, and proven study skills that correspond to the student's preferences and learning style.
I develop a student's confidence while avoiding the 'by the numbers' or a cookbook approach to learning math. We focus on understanding and comprehension to achieve rigor.
I enjoy teaching algebra, geometry, discrete math, pre-calculus, advanced functions and modeling, college math, SAT Math and basic statistics. Prior to teaching, I had a variety of roles in information technology.
I taught Discrete Math for 3 years, from 2008 - 2010 in Charlotte NC (CMS - East Mecklenburg High School). We used the textbook "For All Practical Purposes: Mathematical Literacy in Today's World," Comap - Freedman and Company versions 6 & 7 which is in compliance with NC standards.
I attended summer training in Discrete Math at UNCC 2006 that used "Discrete Math for Teachers" Houghton Muffin Company, Wheeler and Brawner. I completed prior studies in Operations Research dating back to 1970. As a programmer I developed linear programming models and econometric modeling.
Professional & Patient — Stephen is engaging, professional, caring with a wonderful sense of humor. My son can be at ease while learning concepts that have been difficult for him to grasp in the past. My son has already had improvement in quiz/test grades after only 4 sessions!!! We look forward to working with him on a continuous basis. Thanks Stephen! ...
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