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Joseph G.

Bellefonte, PA

$45/hr

Retired Math Professor

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Background check passed as of 10/5/12

Retired Math Professor

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My formal education is in Physics and Mathematics. While earning my Ph.D. in Mathematics at Penn State, I taught over 30 math courses. Later as an Instructor and Assistant Professor at Fitchburg State College, I taught another 32 math courses in a variety of areas. Then I moved into administration at other schools serving in several capacities including Director of Admissions, Director of Academic Advising and Academic Dean.

My career was interpreted in 1995 when my first wife died from cancer. My response was to leave academe and become an organic vegetable farmer and social entrepreneur. I remarried and raised a young stepson with Asperger's syndrome who experienced trouble in the second grade at our local school. Because we were farming, we enrolled him in a virtual charter school and educated him at home for eight years with me handling his mathematical training. He returned to high school in his junior year and flourished. He graduated in 2012, was named Berks Best in Mathematics and is now majoring in mathematics at Centre College.

When we studied together, I used texts written by famous mathematicians to help him learn to think seriously. I'd love to do it again. His mom's book about our experience is coming out soon. It's true that my stepson had real mathematical talent. However, during my teaching career, I spent many hours working one-on-one with struggling students. I am patient and committed to ensuring that my students end up understanding what they are doing. Not having much of a memory myself, I don't believe in memorizing strategies to solve standard types of problems. Instead, I seek to communicate the notion that when you finally know what you are doing it becomes almost obvious. Math may be hard to learn, but once learned, it's easy to do.

"Thorough and Concise"

- Billy, State College, PA on 3/13/15

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Kristal, Moshannon, PA on 2/28/15

"Extremely Knowledgeable, Makes Learning Interesting."

- Adam, Lock Haven, PA on 11/23/14

"Excellent tutor, and easy to get a hold of to schedule."

- MICHAEL, Doylestown, PA on 1/15/14
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math,
Geometry, Logic,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Discrete Math

As a college teacher I have taught many of the components of a typical discrete mathematics course including set theory, functions, equivalence relations, combinatorics and probability. Moreover, my specialty in mathematics was logic which is relevant to discrete math. After a career as a math teacher, I feel that my level of mathematical sophistication is sufficiently high to help me master topics in discrete math that I've not previously encountered.

Logic

I hold a Ph.D. in mathematics. The title of my dissertation is On Cylindric Algebras of Structures. The topic is a branch of mathematical logic. I also taught several courses in elementary logic and set theory at Fitchburg State University.

Penn State
Penn State
PhD

Education

Penn State

Penn State (PhD)

Thorough and Concise — Joseph was able to explain the material thoroughly making sure I understood every step. He was able to identify my mistakes to tell me where I needed improvement. He is a very good tutor and just as polite! I would recommend Joseph as a math tutor. ...

— Billy, State College, PA on 3/13/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Joseph will travel within 20 miles of Bellefonte, PA 16823.


About Joseph

My formal education is in Physics and Mathematics. While earning my Ph.D. in Mathematics at Penn State, I taught over 30 math courses. Later as an Instructor and Assistant Professor at Fitchburg State College, I taught another 32 math courses in a variety of areas. Then I moved into administration at other schools serving in several capacities including Director of Admissions, Director of Academic Advising and Academic Dean.

My career was interpreted in 1995 when my first wife died from cancer. My response was to leave academe and become an organic vegetable farmer and social entrepreneur. I remarried and raised a young stepson with Asperger's syndrome who experienced trouble in the second grade at our local school. Because we were farming, we enrolled him in a virtual charter school and educated him at home for eight years with me handling his mathematical training. He returned to high school in his junior year and flourished. He graduated in 2012, was named Berks Best in Mathematics and is now majoring in mathematics at Centre College.

When we studied together, I used texts written by famous mathematicians to help him learn to think seriously. I'd love to do it again. His mom's book about our experience is coming out soon. It's true that my stepson had real mathematical talent. However, during my teaching career, I spent many hours working one-on-one with struggling students. I am patient and committed to ensuring that my students end up understanding what they are doing. Not having much of a memory myself, I don't believe in memorizing strategies to solve standard types of problems. Instead, I seek to communicate the notion that when you finally know what you are doing it becomes almost obvious. Math may be hard to learn, but once learned, it's easy to do.

Testimonials

"Thorough and Concise"

- Billy, State College, PA on 3/13/15

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Kristal, Moshannon, PA on 2/28/15

"Extremely Knowledgeable, Makes Learning Interesting."

- Adam, Lock Haven, PA on 11/23/14

"Excellent tutor, and easy to get a hold of to schedule."

- MICHAEL, Doylestown, PA on 1/15/14

Education

Penn State
Penn State
PhD

Education

Penn State

Penn State (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Bellefonte, PA 16823

Joseph’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math,
Geometry, Logic,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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.


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