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Hi! My name is Tara and while I graduated from Southwestern University with a major in Biology (Pre-med track) and a minor in Spanish, my love has always been math, which lead me to becoming a math teacher and tutor. I am a certified 8-12 Math teacher and I have taught Algebra I, Geometry, and Geometry Pre-AP at the high school level in Fort Bend ISD and have tutored students in elementary math, Pre-algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Math Models, and Algebra II. I have also helped two adult learners pass their 8-12 Math Certification tests so that they can teach high school math and helped a student pass the math portion of the GED. I am also currently working on completing my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership thru Lamar University. One of the best parts of teaching was tutoring the students before and after school because I could work one-on-one with them and really help them understand the material. If a student is willing to learn and work hard, then I can teach them. I relate well with students and am extremely patient when a student cannot understand the material right away. I have a passion for learning and I will share that passion with students. I want to make a difference in students' lives by inspiring them to reach their full potential just as my teachers made a difference for me.
When tutoring, I believe it is extremely important for the student to learn by doing. I emphasize the importance of taking notes in class (and help my students learn how to take useful notes) and then actually using them! You'd be surprised how many students never look at their notes again once they leave the classroom. If a student is having trouble in a certain area and cannot complete a problem even after searching their notes, then we will work one or two examples together. Then it is their turn. If they are still having trouble, I ask questions to lead them in the right direction. In the areas where students are really struggling, I will relate the problem to the student, or will give them an alternate way to solve the problem that they may understand better.
As far as soccer goes, I played in high school and played all 4 years on the Southwestern University Women's Soccer Team. I have also coached two years at the high school level and loved every minute of it. I am extremely knowledgeable on the sport and will push you to be a better player and teammate.
From 1st until 6th grade, I was in a group called PIPS (Players in Progress) where we learned ball-handling skills and performed at high school basketball games during half-time. We even did a half-time show for the Harlem Globetrotters in Austin, TX when I was in 6th grade. I played basketball for 7 years and played AAU basketball for 5 years. I love teaching the skills of the game and ball-handling.
I played high school soccer all four years at Westlake High School (3 at the Varsity Level) and obtained numerous awards including honorable mention all-district my sophomore and junior years and First Team All-district my senior year (the highest award). My senior year our team made it to the 5A regional finals (2002). I then went on to play soccer in college at Southwestern University all four years and currently hold the record there for the best save percentage in my career. Lastly, I have coached JV girls soccer for two year at the high school level and have assisted the varsity coach in making playoffs both years I coached.
I began swimming when I was less than two years old and swam for 7 years on teams including one year in college at Southwestern University. My specialty was breast-stroke, but I also swam various freestyle events and the IM (the Individual Medley) which includes all four strokes (freestyle, breast-stroke, butterfly, and back-stroke).
I have taught freshmen volleyball for two years at Fort Bend ISD. I am extremely knowledgeble about the sport and love playing it and coaching it.
Great tutor — Tara is wonderful! She is exactly the kind of teacher you pray your kids will get in school. She is knowledgeable, positive, and a good teacher. We have already seen a big improvement in our daughter's grade and understanding of geometry. My daughter told me that when she takes a quiz now in geometry she can hear Tara in her head saying, "Ok, now what do you think you should do next to solve t ...
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