Hello, Parents and Students. My background may well be considered unusual. After spending some 17 years in the Film and Television industry I returned to my first love, teaching. For the past 10 years I have been working at Washingtonville High School in Orange County New York. Among the events I have experienced there were the transitions from New York State's Sequential Math Program to New York State's Math A and Math B program in my first year and the more recent transition from Math A and Math B to New York State's Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry Program. In both situations, there was a period of adjustment for both students and teachers. During those transitions, I witnessed the difficulties students suffered as they and their teachers both struggled to adjust to the new curricula. I saw first-hand that students performed better and retained more information when they were exposed to the why as well as the how. It has become the basis of my teaching that explaining why some things are is as important as how to use them. I have used these lessons to help individual students with their school math work and their SAT and ACT math work for the past 4 years as a private tutor.
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