Currently I am a Professor of Geology in the community college system. I am a recent recipient of the prestigious national NISOD award for excellence in teaching in the community colleges. My student and faculty evaluations have averaged 4.69 out of 5.00 for the past six years. I am a published author of several papers in my field of expertise. I can help my students with their difficulties in math and science, and in the writing of reports / research papers in the sciences. My philosophy in working with my students is one of compassion and empathy laced with a firmness of devotion to effective studying techniques. I am truly aware of difficulties students may have with comprehension due to learning disabilities and handicaps, because I had to deal with some of these same issues. You see, I suffered a severe hearing loss at the age of five because of a childhood disease, that affected my auditory nerve. My hearing loss went undetected until I was in third grade at eight years of age. This is because I had learned to lip read on my own. I had to overcome much to reach my level of success in academia, earning my Ph.D. by the age of thirty-three, and having a successful career in the oil and gas industry for more than twenty years. I believe I know a thing or two about effective study habits that I can transfer to my students.
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