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I am a currently certified teacher and have been teaching all grade levels of math for the past 4 years. I graduated with honors from Eastern Washington University where I double majored in Physics and Theatre. I then went on to earn my masters degree in education. My passion for teaching math stems from the fact that it was never easy for me. I always had to work hard to learn it and so I understand why it is frustrating, and nightmarish for kids and adults alike.
I am currently a stay at home mom and would like to remain so for a bit longer. However, I don't want my teaching skills to get lost midst the cereal I'm digging out of the sofa cushions. I love teaching and I am comfortable tutoring students in basic mathematics through College Calculus I.
I am kind, patient, and creative. I want you to be successful.
Student Hours and Locations
After School Openings from 3pm to 4pm
$25/hour up to 2 students in same course.
Adult Hours and Location
Monday - Wednesday 6:30pm-8:00pm
I taught middle school algebra 1 for two years to gifted 7th graders and 8th graders. My students came from many different countries and cultures from Inuit to Sudanese. I adapted my teaching to help them better understand the vocabulary and to make sure they fully understood the concepts before moving on.
Algebra II is the coolest algebra because you finally get to use imaginary numbers. This is the last of the concrete mathematics courses and usually the last math course the average student has to pass in high school. I have enjoyed teaching and tutoring this subject in the past and look forward to teaching it in the future. Algebra II is almost a rite of passage and it is a very important course to understand deeply before going any further in math.
I used calculus on a daily basis for my physics degree and I have tutored many students in it. Calculus takes a lot of time and effort to understand and reading the textbook is almost like learning a foreign language. Students need a really firm foundation in trigonometry and grit to keep going when it gets difficult. I find that many students in high school just aren't ready to handle Calculus. I was one of them and look at me now. I had to go back and learn a lot of the topics I didn't quite have down and then Calculus finally started to make sense.
Before resigning from my teaching position due to my husband's job relocation I was a Co-Chair of the math department for the largest middle school in Anchorage, Alaska. I was influential in developing district-wide curricula changes and leading a wonderful group of professionals in what used to be considered the most challenging school in the Anchorage School District. While in Alaska, I taught all levels of elementary mathematics and secondary mathematics from basic counting skills through geometry. Teaching math is my passion.
I taught geometry to gifted students for a year and noticed some had great difficulty. I was responsible for recovering algebra skills for students who were not prepared for the course. I learned how to explain a problem from the bottom up to help my students who needed the extra support.
I have taught basic mathematics and high school mathematics. Pre-algebra gives students the basic building blocks for algebra. Single variable equations and ratios are the biggest focus for pre-algebra students. Weaknesses in fractions and division cause the majority of problems for students in Pre-Algebra.
I have taught mini courses of precalculus in the past and currently have tutored many students in both college level precalculus and high school level precalculus. Precalculus is a difficult course that gives a small taste of all the concepts in calculus. It can easily gives students headaches if they aren't organized. Algebra, geometry, and fraction knowledge needs to be very strong to succeed in precalculus.
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