I just moved to Ithaca from California where I was a middle school teacher for five years (I taught all subjects but specialized in math and science), volleyball coach, vice-principal and most recently, started a charter school. I'm teaching educational psychology at Ithaca College, but I really miss connecting with students and teaching math (especially algebra).
My math philosophy: too often we see a focus on algorithmic learning of math (like flipping the second fraction when dividing two fractions) rather than on conceptual understanding of math. In my experience students who struggle with math are confused by all the "rules" and may need some instruction and practice with number sense. This applies to all grade levels, and I am willing to work with 3rd graders to high schoolers (although my specialty is definitely middle school math through algebra 2).
Students as individuals: At the school I helped start in California we had each student on an individual learning plan, a philosophy that each student should establish goals for themselves in order to track their progress and work to their potential. I look forward to getting to know your student as an individual and helping them in their educational pursuits.
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