Having worked in industry and public and private education, I can honestly say that being a teacher has changed my life. I love connecting with my students and it is a pleasure to see kids grow. I bring the same enthusiasm to my tutoring. I am able to assess needs quickly and adjust tutoring style to those needs.
I've used my practical experience to try to enrich my courses and I think students appreciate that
I've have received awards for excellent teaching both by colleagues and students. One of my greatest honors was to be asked by the Senior Class to give the commencement address for the class of 2011 I appreciate greatly the recognition, but my greatest joy comes from hearing success stories from former students.
After earning a PhD in organic chemistry, I worked in industry as a research chemist and later as a research manager. During this time I did part-time adjunct teaching at U of R and MCC. I left Kodak in 1998 and got a teaching certificate at SUNY Brockport. I have been teaching chemistry at Rush-Henrietta High school for the past 12 years. I've enjoyed the challenge of teaching AP Chem for 10 years and, of course, Regents Chem. I have also taught a one term Chemistry course and have done AIS (Academic Intervention Services) for kids needing to pass Regents Chem. This is tutoring on a one-to-one basis. My classroom style is not one of lecture, but rather meeting kids where they are in their learning. I've found that teaching one to three kids for short periods of time even in a classroom setting is much more effective than standing up in front of a classroom and lecturing.
On a personal note...I've been married for 30 year, have three grown kids and three young grandkids who I see as often as possible. I've done volunteer reading programs and science demos with K-3 grader (see my picture). Having retired from full-time teaching, I am ready to help kids learn chemistry through tutoring.
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