I have always been interested in math, even as a child; in late high school, I realized that teaching was my calling and even since I have enjoyed learning, teaching, tutoring, and explaining mathematics.
A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, I graduated salutatorian from Bishop Hoban High School (2007), now Holy Redeemer High School, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. While in high school, I took courses in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus I. My senior year, I enrolled at Wilkes University and completed courses in Calculus I and Calculus II.
I then attended King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on full academic scholarship to pursue a Bachelor's in Arts degree in Mathematics with Secondary Education Certification. While at King's, I took courses in Logic, Calculus III, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Complex Variables, Numerical Analysis, Abstract Algebra (Group Theory and some Field Theory), Probability, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, Topology, and Mathematical Modeling (related to Probability and Statistics). In fact, I took every Mathematics course offered during the years I attended King's. I also presented at the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware chapter meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in 2009 and am a proud member of MMA. I also presented research into poker probabilities at a 2010 King's College colloquium meeting of computer science and mathematics professors from across Pennsylvania.
I also took an undergraduate course in teaching mathematics as part of my education requirement.
Additionally, I have experience working with special needs students, specifically autism and attention-deficit disorder. I have also worked with English language learners.
I completed my student teaching at Crestwood High School in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. I taught Essential Algebra, Algebra I, and Honors Algebra I/II. The majority of my students were freshmen, although I also taught sophomores and juniors. I also volunteered at an after-school tutoring program at the high school, where I aided students across all math courses.
I graduated from King's in 2011 Summa Cum Laude as an Honors Program Scholar and received my secondary mathematics certification (PA) in June 2011.
I then received a full academic scholarship to attend Binghamton University to pursue a Master's of Arts in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. While at BU, I completed courses in Probability, Statistical Inference, Data Analysis, Design of Experiments, Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory, Algebra I (Group Theory), Representation Theory, Combinatorics, Analysis I and Analysis II (Lebesque Integration).
I was awarded a teaching assistantship at BU; my first year I was a TA for an Introductory Statistics course, where I led two discussion sections of 30 "non-math" students each. I was recommended for the head TA position the following year, where I organized the course materials and prepared assessments. Both years I held office hours where I helped students across several courses.
I currently teach Geometry, Physics and AP Calculus at a Catholic high school in Queens, NY. I have received specialized training in preparing for the Math SAT, and as of March 2014 I am a certified secondary mathematics teacher for the state of New York.
As a tutor, my first objective is to determine what you or your child aims to achieve and where he or she currently stands with their mathematical knowledge. Most often, this can be done with a "pre-test" to determine what he or she most immediately needs to learn. From there, I will teach, re-teach or aid you or your student using materials the student currently has along with resources I have from my own education and materials I will create myself after meeting with your student for the first time. I utilize mnemonics and "key phrases" to emphasize key topics and I prefer visual algorithms that are easier to understand for both math and "non-math" students alike. However, no two students learn exactly the same way; I look forward for the opportunity to determine how your student learns best and adjust my techniques accordingly for the best possible results.
In my spare time, I like to write and act; I have directed and produced two of my own plays and played a major role in an independent feature film.
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