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Raymond V.

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Working together with people of all ages is a great source of my vitality and conviviality.

I hope to add substantially to yours - student and parent.

I have supervised, coached, and tutored professionally for 18 of my 48 professional years.

In addition to subject matter, my expertise is a discerning eye and ear, variety in style and approach, and a singular ability to elicit courage, confidence, and initiative from students.

My style is very direct and upbeat.

I look forward to meeting you, and having you experience the success you set out to achieve and are capable of.

My very personal teacher-tutor philosophy is that a student's learning struggle is as critical to lasting results and accomplishment as rehearsal and practice!


To communicate the extensive variety and high quality of my many professional relationships and career experiences.

My hope is to give you the best possible picture of my professional interests, capabilities, and my enthusiasm to work with you and your son or daughter - whether they are:

a student in the 2nd grade, a college prep high school, or the university;

a mathematics or physics major, a budding scientist, engineer, a researcher in the physical sciences, or;

a liberal arts and humanities student.


Of my 48 professional years in the sciences, humanities, and research, I have:

worked in the petroleum industry for 11 years, the electronics industry for 13 years, and as a small business entrepreneur since 1995;

traveled on business to the Hawaiian Islands, the Alaskan Bering Sea, Montreal, Sweden, Norway, Amsterdam, London, Cairo, Beijing, several cities in Japan, and the continental United States;

published in The Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) Journal, Transactions of the IEEE, and in the former Alaska Wellness Magazine;

won an Amoco Vice Presidential Research Award with a colleague;

received two research and writing awards - one from the IEEE, one from The University of Michigan;

held the position, for one year, of industry chairman for the original design team to modernize the computer publishing system at SPE HQ in Richardson, TX;

together with Patricia, been a select member of a corporate Presidential Advisory Team for 3 years.


During my 4th year at The University of Michigan, I began conducting project research as an undergraduate that eventually led to my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

While completing my MS EE, coursework, and qualifying as a PhD Candidate, I continued conducting university research.

In two years, after work-hours in industry, I completed my independent, unsupervised research for, and wrote my PhD dissertation under the Chairmanship of Ted Birdsall, PhD Mathematics, The University of Michigan.

Ted is internationally recognized for advanced theoretical and highly practical scientific contributions beginning in the 1960s. He retired as a Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University, was elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and was the 2nd Recipient of The ASA Silver Award for Signal Processing.

Of my 200-plus U of M credit hours, 19 are in theoretical mathematics-calculus and analytic geometry to differential equations, probability, statistics, and real analysis, and 43 are in applied mathematics and science - physics, circuits, physical electronics, machinery, field theory, computing, and mechanical statics, dynamics, and fluids courses.


I began my career as a private, full-time coach and tutor in June 2010. Since that time, I've mentored students from 1st grade to college seniors and adults, been a day camp counselor of 6-12 year olds, and instructed two semesters of science, technology, math, and reading to first, third, and fourth graders in Austin ISD's 21st Century Community Learning Center program.

Previously, I was a collaborative researcher, an author, and a designer in the fields of petroleum engineering, electronics, personal productivity, the humanities, small business, applied mathematics, and computing.

I earned my PhD in 1974 already well into a 30 year career as a research scientist.

In industry, from 1969 to 1994, I have taken post-graduate classes and received professional training in geology, geophysics, wireline and data logging, stratigraphy, drilling engineering, well control, drilling operations, and reservoir engineering.

From 1995 to 2002, I was a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist specializing in modalities for relieving injury, emotions, and moods with over 7,000 client-hours.

From 2001 to 2010, I co-owned a business marketing and selling health foods and essential oils with my wife, Patricia. We built a team of over 2,000 distributors.


My humanities career is more private yet no less distinguished. I have been a published author since 1967. A student of Evolutionary Biology, Human History, Mythology and Religions, since 1979.

A research scientist becomes a professional humanities major by asking, grappling with, and discoursing the questions of life, being human, and being a professional that science alone badly stumbles with and often happily ignores. I officially launched my career in the humanities, in 1987, with three years of private, self-supervised training in independent research and writing in the sciences and humanities.


I designed, and over a period of 7 years, built my own home by hand with my wife, Patricia, family, and a few friends.

It is a beautiful 3-story log house 70 miles drive from Anchorage, Alaska. It is my permanent residence, though I am in Texas at this time.

My daughter, Anne, is a fifth year, award winning, elementary teacher.

To close - it was my mother and father who got me started - what they did and how they did it by inspiring, engaging, pushing and shoving me with the inspiration always first.

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Raymond’s subjects

English, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
American History, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Latin

Algebra 1

My mother was a math teacher and I learned my multiplication tables inside and out before I started school. My interest in math is so strong that I went on to get a PhD in electrical engineering, which is full of math.

Algebra is the next step after learning basic arithmetic. It begins our thinking more abstractly and is a basis for all math, sciences, and even many of the arts.

Algebra 2

My mother was a math teacher and I learned my multiplication tables inside and out before I started school. My interest in math is so strong that I went on to get a PhD in electrical engineering, which is full of math.

Algebra 2 builds on Algebra 1. For example, techniques are used to simplify more complex problems into Algebra 1 forms that you've already learned to solve. Algebra 2 continues expanding your thinking more abstractly and in preparation for all math, sciences, and business.

American History

History is not merely the study and memorization of facts.

History is the active participation in the discourse* of the world, particularly from the perspective of nations, political philosophies, and each individual with their own personal stake in life at this time on our planet.

The predominate political perspective in our time is democracy.

What is democracy? How is it vital to human evolution** both individually and as a race? How do we, as individuals in our personal lives and in society with their radical, opposing, paradoxical conflicting aims, resources, and concerns, participate, negotiate, contribute, and achieve lasting viability for ourselves and our loved ones – our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, . . . ?

These same and similar questions arise in history at the level of nations ~ in government and corporations; with authors, movie production, . . . , investors, travel agents; and for each of us as individual voting citizens and entrepreneurs navigating life in the world of our businesses, families, education, jobs and careers.

History, past, present, and future, is a vital, interconnected domain of human interest that continues to reinvent itself (and us) for the study of the challenging and perplexing questions of human nature – as a race going forward in a time of unprecedented uncertainty and need to understand ourselves and our role in the very survival of our planet and our race.

We live in a time when the active historical discourse of humanity, particularly and beginning with our inner dialogue, supersedes the previously crucial discourses of religion, economics, and psychology!!!

History is no longer a boring specialization for dweebs, history students, teachers, and scholars. We must each be a history major in our own lives and careers!!!

Being our own individual history major demands our recognition, our development, and our daily practice of critical, adult thinking, reading, writing, and (very) personal action ~ beginning early in life.

* Discourse is conversation and all the activities and facets of language brought to bear, traditionally, in the segmented areas of life such as law, marketing, social work, ecology, engineering, education, politics, philosophy, computing, business, health, health care, biology, music, writing, the arts, movie critic, etc. We can no longer afford to segment until it breaks us, kills us, and kills our precious planet!!!


Calculus is spoken of as higher mathematics. It has a history that reaches into ancient times, yet the fundamental concepts of calculus are as elementary as toddlers stacking blocks and taking them down.

Calculus has many sophisticated techniques for performing derivation and integration, converting distance and time to velocity, and computing the area of a shape by adding up small blocks to fill the space. So it requires long, careful detailed examination and practice. Yet, if we are to be accomplished, we always attack new problems in calculus by remembering the fundamentals such as stacking of blocks and taking them down. One word for many of these activities is iteration, and reiteration.

Another fundamental, there are patterns and patterns to be explored. This means that there are sets of tools for families of patterns to be discovered, recalled, and used – often from tables compiled by people so we would not have to reinvent the wheel every time.

Calculus is the field of mathematics used in physics, probability, statistics, and all the arts and sciences. Sometimes quantitative, sometimes qualitative, sometimes transparent and intuitive.

I have published professional research in international journals that are founded in calculus. I teach calculus to university students and the fundamentals of calculus to elementary students.

Civil Engineering

I have over 200 credit hours in engineering--electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering (statics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics), physics, and math (advanced calculus, differential equations, computing, probability, statistics, and decision theory) with my BSEE, MSEE, and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Computer Engineering

I began working with computers in engineering school and mathematics in 1964. I went on to earn my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1974. I designed computers with Texas Instruments from 1969 to 1980. From 1982 through 1990 I supervised computer design and engineering projects with Amoco Production Company. I soon went into business on my own and I have used computers almost daily since that time unto the present.

I designed microcomputers, controllers, and interfaces. I have used mini-computers, workstations, and mainframes in field, laboratory, and theoretical applications, research, and my own business.

I currently own an iPhone, a MacAir, and an iPad that I use in my business and personal life.

Differential Equations

I have over 200 credit hours in engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering physics, and math with my BSEE, MSEE, and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Engineering is full of differential equations. In addition to my education, I have professional experience in formulating and solving differential equations in several applications - theoretical techniques, solution methods, and numerical analysis on the computer – both digital and analog,

Electrical Engineering

I have over 200 credit hours in electrical engineering (including physics, circuits, field theory, physical electronics (devices), communications, systems, and machinery), math, computing, mechanical engineering with my BSEE, MSEE, and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a Alternative Certification candidate with TexasTeacher. I was a 21st CCLC Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology instructor at Hart Elementary, Austin ISD this past school year. I instructed 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade students for two semesters. In addition to the above subjects, I taught reading to 1st graders for a semester. In February I passed the TExES Generalist EC-6 exam.

Elementary Math

My mother was a math teacher and I learned my multiplication tables inside and out before I started school. My interest in math is so strong that I went on to get a PhD in electrical engineering, which full of math.

After learning numbers, developing number sense, the number operations (+, -, x, and division), elementary math focuses on comparison, contrast, similarity, and bringing math into thinking math in language, what we used to call story problems.

I taught 1st, 3rd, and 4th graders in math this past school year at Hart Elementary in the Austin ISD. I passed the Texas state elementary (generalist) exam for K-6. My supervisor with an MS in education publicly acknowledges me for my manner and skills with young students.

Elementary Science

Science is the study of life including the physical sciences of chemistry and physics, two of my favorite courses in high school. Physics is what most motivated my desire to go to college, major in electrical engineering, and eventually earn a PhD with a thesis in the research of underwater sound propagation. In addition to my engineering research career in two industries, I studied the human body extensively to become nationally board certified in bodywork (massage), which I then practiced professionally for a number of years.

My affinity and life long interest in science comes from growing up on a farm and then working with my father at so many projects including gardening, building construction, auto repair, traveling, and spending time in nature.

In addition to over 200 credit hours of university courses in the sciences of engineering, I have published scientific articles in international journals, won two research awards, and taught two semesters of science to 3rd and 4th graders in public school.


I was not a favorite student in English in school, however, an appetite for reading and then writing revealed my talent for language in many expressions. Once my talent became apparent to me I surprised myself so many times that now I tutor in history and the humanities as well as reading, writing, grammar, and discovery of language as the basis for virtually all meaningful efforts in learning, and life, even subjects seemingly as far removed as math, science, and art.


My 30 year career in computer and engineering research included 2 years at Mobil Oil R&D in Dallas, and 11 years at Amoco Production Company R&D in Tulsa. During those 13 years, I conducted and supervised research in geophysical seismics, drilling in the field, and in the lab, and offshore production processing.

My seismic experience specialized in tying geologic logs with seismic sonic logs for exploration analysis and decision making. A major period of my drilling research was in quantifying geology logs, obtained from many sources such as seismic, wire line, and drilling samples, for complete drilling system modeling and simulation applied in worldwide experimental drilling plans and operations.

Geology is one of the most fascinating subjects there is.

Since retirement from my engineering and science research career, I have taught basic geology concepts in elementary science classes .


My father built our house when I was a kid with no special training other than his high school diploma. I watched him doing this as a kid and learned that watching teaches us to visualize shapes, steps, sequence, and to be bold.

Geometry is an introduction to concepts and mastery of the structures, shapes, and measures of physical reality from triangles, cubes, and polygons for studying architecture, atoms, molecules, sound wave travel, electric circuits and fields, plate tectonics, computing algorithms, graphic design, and the list goes on.

I know and have visualized these many things from study and earning my PhD in electrical engineering, and teaching 3rd graders about geology and stratigraphy.

Mechanical Engineering

I have over 200 credit hours in engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering (statics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, and fluids), physics, and math (advanced calculus, differential equations, computing, probability, statistics, and decision theory) with my BSEE, MSEE, and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.


Physics and mathematics are the founding disciplines of science.

My high school physics teacher, Mr. Winters, inspired me to go into electrical engineering. I went on to graduate with a PhD and a 3.45 GPA at the University of Michigan, and have a 30 year career as a research scientist where I published in international journals, won two awards for research achievements, and one for both a research project and my writing.

I have over 200 undergraduate and graduate credit hours with many of them in mathematics, physics, electrical engineering courses including circuits, E&M field theory, digital and analog communications, computing, computers, physical electronics and devices, sound propagation, signal detection theory and practice, machinery, and more including mechanical engineering courses in statics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, and fluid flow.


My mother was a math teacher and I learned my multiplication tables inside and out before I started school. My interest in math is so strong that I went on to get a PhD in electrical engineering, which full of math.

I've instructed and tutored in public school, universities, privately from elementary grades through seniors in college.

My education in math spans topics from arithmetic through algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, probability, and statistics. All of which I used daily in acoustics and research for 30 years.

I've taken numerous math exams routinely scoring in the top 10%.


Precalculus is an advanced high school math that prepares students for calculus and the sciences especially physics and engineering. Algebra if not included is probably a required preliminary. The emphasis in precalculus is high on trigonometry with introductions to vectors, series, and sequences, logarithms, and exponential functions, complex numbers, polar coordinates, polynomials, and probability.

My education and experience as a research scientist highly qualify me for tutoring precalculus. Please check my calculus, physics, and engineering qualifications.


Trigonometry, when we first study it, is about angles, their relationships to each other in geometry, and it is about the lengths and arcs that angles project. Think of surveyors and their equipment where land is being plotted for property lines, or roads, bridges, and buildings as they are being planned.

As we proceed in mathematics and the sciences, all that is true and more: calculus, complex numbers, integral evaluation, physics ~ the travel of sound and light, electricity, oscillating springs, pendulums, tuning forks, musical notes and instruments, spectrum analysis, lengths of shadows, firing rockets and cannons, rotation of a top, revolving engine pistons, . . .

Get the picture?

In the beginning it seems such a specialized, narrow topic, yet it is fundamental to mathematics, the physical sciences, and natural sciences.

I've used and taught trigonometry for an long arc of my life.


I am a self-taught writer who hated English in school because it was so restricted by all the rules. In my estimation, there was little there that was creative or self-expressive. Yet, many years later in a 3 year course on learning to read, write, and think professionally, I began frequently and consistently journaling, plus much regular writing including an autobiography of about 30 pages.

I had already published exquisite scientific research articles in international engineering journals, one winning a national award. However, the course above brought out the human being in me, my writing became both creative and disciplined. I have developed the freedom to write what is called for, yet do it my way.

This satisfies the true, natural writer in me, as in Natalie Goldberg's international success, Writing Down The Bones! Check it out at your library, or purchase it (online?) from your favorite bookstore.

Then I attended a 5 day Writer's Retreat outside of Seattle. Five short months later I successfully submitted the first of several captivating articles that were published in a wellness magazine.

I am a professional writer, yet I encourage the natural writer in the student first, and the rules after.

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Great Tutor for a Difficult Class — Raymond tutored me for Dynamics. He helped me work through problems. When I got stuck he was able to explain the underlying concepts and get me back on track. He was just what I needed. Raymond was also flexible. He was able to spend extra time with me in preparation for exams. Raymond was always on time. A+ tutor. ...

— Ronen, Austin, TX on 2/3/14

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