Having taught over 1000 high school students while teaching math at St. Michael's Catholic Academy, I have found that each student, regardless of age (middle school, high school or even post-secondary) is a unique person who has their own learning style. The key to successful learning via tutoring is to identify that style and use it motivate the student to gain knowledge.
There are two major components to my teaching style: whenever possible:
1. provide more than one way to solve a problem; and
2. use real-world examples to make visual connections to math problems
Bottom line: these thoughts should enable us to have fun while working together. I expect nothing less.
After graduating from UT, I was a process engineer in the semiconductor manufacturing industry for 15 years. I was fortunate enough to travel the world while working for companies such as Motorola, Applied Materials, and Varian Associates. For another 10 years, I was a consultant, trainer, and book publisher.
I then took the opportunity to become a teacher at a private school here in Austin for nine years, where I taught Pre-algebra, Algebra 2, Pre-AP Algebra 2, and AP Statistics. During my tenure, I went to Graduate School at Texas State University (San Marcos) and obtained my Texas Teaching Certificate and an M.A. in Education.
UT Austin: BA (Math) and BS in Electrical Engineering
State of Texas Math Teachers Certification
Texas State University: M. A. (Remedial and Adult Education)
Throughout my career, I have been involved with training adults, including one year teaching electronics at a business college, one year teaching customer maintenance and repair courses, and 15 years training engineers, technicians, maintenance personnel and operators in statistics, metrology, and in key aspects of ion implantation. And currently, I am a reporter for veterans' affairs for Examiner.com here in Austin.
I have over 80 published articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences proceedings, trade magazines, newsletters, as well as a number of white papers. I have also written or edited seven books related to ion implantation and contributed to a number of chapters in textbooks used in technical schools at international conferences.
* US Army including Vietnam service. Awards include Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Army Commendation Medal
* 29-year triathlete; participated in over 100 triathlons and multi-sport races
* Member of Bugles Across America (we play Taps at military funerals and special events)
* Member of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band
* Member of the Austin Community College Stage Ensemble Band
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