Hello! My name is Lauren. I am a stay at home mom (My sweet Bella is 3 1/2 years old.) who loves math. I know, crazy. Below is my detailed tutoring history which mostly consists of younger children. However, my favorite parts of math are the post-elementary math classes. My most favorite has to be Algebra, though. "FACTORING is FUN!" -Mr. Jasper, my 8th grade Algebra teacher, was SO right! I recently tutored another stay at home mom...She was getting her online degree...in Pre-Algebra and Algebra. That's when I remembered how much I enjoy it. I would love the opportunity to help you or your child or children to understand, and hopefully enjoy, this wonderful subject!
My detailed history...
I also enjoy working with younger children, helping them to find joy in learning while understanding elementary concepts that their education will be built upon. I believe that finding the right methods -- whether it's a game, a particular explanation technique, or a silly song -- to keep a child entertained is a fantastic way to encourage a lasting joy of learning.
I began tutoring elementary students when I was in high school. As a HOSTS (Helping One Student To Succeed) mentor and a member of PALs (Peer Assistance and Leadership), I tutored children in many elementary subjects, including reading, spelling, science, math, and social skill development. I enjoyed being a part of those children's lives and watching them grow throughout our time together. After the application and interviews, I was honored to have been chosen for the PALs program at my high school. It was a fun and rewarding experience! While PALs was a program limited to high school students, HOSTS was not. I continued mentoring elementary students in the HOSTS program through my senior year of college.
After graduating, entering "the real world" (of employment), and getting married, I was working for an financial investment firm. I loved this job, but as life would have it, I was laid off due to a company merger/restructuring while on maternity leave for the birth of our beautiful daughter. Although staying at home was not part of our original plan, I was reminded of the joy that comes from watching and helping children learn. I was then given the opportunity to work for two different preschools, teaching lots of things! I taught art, PE, music, and general Pre-K subject matter. Pre-school was a blast!
Moving forward, I would love to help elementary-aged children, and children all the way through high school, with subjects they may struggle with. In fourth grade, Miss Julie (one of my after school program counselors) began mentoring me in math when I started having trouble with long division. She taught me how to enjoy it, inspiring a love for the subject that resulted in advanced math classes every year until I graduated. I still think about Miss Julie and strive to be that same influence for other children!
Thank you for taking the time to find out a little more about me. I look forward to answering any other questions you may have!
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