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Monique M.

Ithaca, NY

$55/hr

Cornell (BS) and Harvard (MEd) Math Tutor

Background check passed as of 1/25/14
Usually responds in about 20 hours

Cornell (BS) and Harvard (MEd) Math Tutor

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Hello!

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), a volleyball coach, a vice-principal and most recently, started a charter school. I was teaching educational psychology at Ithaca College, but really missed 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.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor!"

- Mette Vaagan, Ithaca, NY on 1/22/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra,
SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading
Science:
Physical Science, Psychology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Reading
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Prealgebra,
Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Sports/Recreation:
Swimming,
Volleyball
Corporate Training:
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

I taught Algebra 1 to 8th graders for 5 years in California before coming to Ithaca. 90% of my 8th grade Algebra students scored the highest possible mark on the state exam- teaching math is my passion and skill.

Algebra is like a language and I would love to help you learn it!

Elementary (K-6th)

After teaching 7th/8th grade math/science for 4 years I was asked to be a liaison to the elementary teams. I started working with elementary teachers and students to improve math instruction. I also worked as a vice principal at a K-8 for a year in Boston and worked at a preschool for a year as an aide.

Elementary Math

I was a math coach for a middle school (6 - 8th grades) as well as a 7th/8th grade math teacher. I'm familiar with all the conceptual foundations that students learn in Elementary school and how they will be applied in higher math.

Prealgebra

I taught 7th and 8th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra for 5 years in California. I was the math coach at my previous school.

Swimming

I was a lifeguard for 10 years with East Bay Regional Park District and was a certified Water Safety Instructor, which qualified me to teach swim lessons. I taught swim lessons to all levels, including parent/toddler classes.

Volleyball

I was a varsity volleyball player when I studied abroad at University College Cork in Ireland. After, while I was a middle school teacher, I coached our middle school's team to a playoff berth for four years. Currently, I play volleyball intramurals for Cornell and have joined a summer league as well.

Cornell University
Human Development
Harvard University
MEd

Education

Cornell University (Human Development)

Harvard University (MEd)

Excellent tutor! — My first lesson today and I am very happy about it. Monique is good at teaching and easy to talk with. ...

— Mette Vaagan, Ithaca, NY on 1/22/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Because of my limited availability, I am firm with pricing of lessons.

Travel policy

Monique will travel within 30 miles of Ithaca, NY 14850.


About Monique

Hello!

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), a volleyball coach, a vice-principal and most recently, started a charter school. I was teaching educational psychology at Ithaca College, but really missed 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.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor!"

- Mette Vaagan, Ithaca, NY on 1/22/14
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Education

Cornell University
Human Development
Harvard University
MEd

Education

Cornell University (Human Development)

Harvard University (MEd)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Because of my limited availability, I am firm with pricing of lessons.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Ithaca, NY 14850

Monique’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra,
SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading
Science:
Physical Science, Psychology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Reading
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Prealgebra,
Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Sports/Recreation:
Swimming,
Volleyball
Corporate Training:
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Monique M.

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