How did I get into tutoring after dreaming of hosting a nationally syndicated top 40 countdown? Good question! I planned to major in math in college. But I changed my mind half way through my major after discovering the radio station in my dorm! From then on, my focus turned to DJing on the air and at dance parties. I majored in communications to prepare for a career in radio. But it didn't grow nearly as fast as I wanted! I found my way into substitute teaching to earn extra money. I discovered being a DJ with a solid math background came in handy! It gave me a knack for connecting with kids on a personal level because we could talk about popular music and videos. It also enabled me to take math problems, reveal the big picture, and break down those problems into easy to understand pieces so kids could understand what's up!
I became a popular sub in three school districts and a private school around my Indiana college town. I moved to Seattle in the 90s and went back to school to earn a graduate degree and get teacher certification so I could teach in the public schools and prepare to be a school leader at some point! I worked for the Seattle district for several years, first as an elementary school instructional assistant, then secondary school mathematics teacher. So I have experience at the elementary, middle, and high school level, teaching reading, writing, and mathematics at the elementary level and teaching mathematics at the secondary level!
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