I'm a 38 year-old Engineering Project Manager and GIS (Geographics Information Systems, similar to Google maps) specialist working for a local city government. This position includes designing concrete and asphalt road projects, drawing them in AutoCAD, surveying the project and inspecting it when the contractor comes into town to build. I've also designed storm sewer, watermain, sanitary sewer and streetlighting projects. In the past two years have been working heavily with ARCgis in completing the utility maps for the local government I'm working for. I feel pretty comfortable creating the maps in CAD and bringing them into ARCmap and creating an interactive map that can be posted in GIS format. I've been with this city government for 12 years. Before this position I worked at a structural engineering consulting firm, basically drafting in AutoCAD, designing columns, beams and whatever else was needed to put a building together.
I have almost 16 years working in the Civil and Structural Engineering field. I have a 2 year degree from Gateway Technical College and have 3 years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I am currently taking classes part-time at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago to pursue a degree in Biblical Studies.
I would say my strongest subjects are definitely any math from K-12 and some college classes (depends which class). I'm also very strong in many science subjects. I've also taken many history classes at UW-Milwaukee as I really love digging into the past and studying it. I would definitely be able to help for students about to take an SAT or ACT in the math and science areas.
My experience with students has been in a couple of different areas. At my church I led our high school and jr. high ministry for four years. I spent almost every week meeting with students from 6th-12th grade teaching them from the Bible. I've been helping in Children's ministry and Sunday school now for about 6 years as well. I work mostly with 1st through 5th graders every week. I am a teacher in this class and also spend time one-on-one with the students.
In teaching I like to use worksheets and try to make the subject fun for the student. If there is any way to make a challenge so the student can strive to win, that seems to motivate many of the students I've worked with in the past. I know from my own experiences personally and with former students that when you are bored, nothing is going on between the ears. And because each student is different I work with a way that is comfortable to them.
My wife says I have a Peter-Pan syndrome and am a kid-at-heart most of the time. But I can also be very serious when work is to be done. I love teaching and seeing the light bulb turn-on when a student "gets-it". I have references available to any parent/student that wants them.
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