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Celeste S.

Montrose, CA

$60/hr

Anyone can do Math!

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— Jodi, Altadena, CA on 7/18/15

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Master's

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Master's)

About Celeste

"Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." -- Galileo

Anyone can learn math if it is explained in a way they can understand!

I am an aerospace engineer and M.I.T. graduate, and have been tutoring math at all levels (elementary through college-level) for over 30 years. I am currently certified by WyzAnt to teach Pre-Algebra through Pre-calculus (plus Physics). As a life-long math geek (I was Captain of my high school Math Team), it is almost a crusade for me to help students understand math -- too many students hate math or believe they can't do it simply because it hasn't been explained to them in a way they can understand. Oftentimes, a student may have just missed a key point earlier in a class and is lost after that. Other times, a student just needs things explained in a different way than that presented in the classroom. Sometimes all it takes is for a teacher to sit down with a student for 15 minutes to figure out what it is they are not getting, but of course with today's large class sizes most public school teachers do not have time to provide that kind of one-on-one attention.

My specialty is working with students who hate or are afraid of math. I have a special talent for figuring out where your student is having trouble and helping them overcome their unique challenges. I make math interesting and fun and less intimidating for students who are struggling or discouraged with my creative approach. Students who previously hated math have left my classes saying things like "Gee, that was *fun*!"

I especially enjoy helping students relate what they are learning in a math class to something that is important or meaningful to them -- in one case, I showed a group of inner-city boys how their math problems were relevant to the one thing they were most keenly interested in: hot-rod cars! Students are much more motivated to learn if they can see how the subject matter may actually help them achieve their goals.

Different students learn in different ways, and I can figure out what works best for *your* student and help them regain their self-esteem and confidence by showing them they really *can* do math! One young woman who had gone back to school to get her GED went from F's and D's on her Algebra tests to *B's* after just three tutoring sessions with me, while another college-level (liberal arts) student I tutored over the phone improved his Algebra grades by two levels.

Don't you want your student to experience that kind of success?


MY BACKGROUND:

I have Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. and have worked at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

I tutored Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus at the high school level while in college, and after college in the Boston Public Schools as part of the School Volunteers for Boston program. Since moving to California, I have tutored at the elementary, middle, and high school levels at a Youth Center in South Central L.A. ("A Place Called Home") and at the elementary school level as a volunteer in the Glendale Unified School District. I have also organized and co-taught two professional short courses on advanced engineering subjects ("Structural Dynamics and Control" in 1986 and "Space Mission Architecting" in 2009 and 2010).
"Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." -- Galileo

Anyone can learn math if it is explained in a way they can understand!
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Montrose, CA 91020
In-person lessons

"We adore Celeste!!"

- Jodi, Altadena, CA on 7/18/15

"Excellent Tutor for my 8th Grader"

- Robyn, La Crescenta, CA on 12/7/12

"Very Patient and Calm"

- Wendy, North Hollywood, CA on 9/21/12
Science:
Physics
Language:
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Spanish
Corporate Training:
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

I scored 100% on the WyzAnt Proficiency Test.

Algebra 2

I scored 100% on the WyzAnt Proficiency Test.

Elementary Math

I scored a perfect 100% on the WyzAnt Proficiency Certification test.

Elementary Science

I can tutor any level of Elementary Science.

Geometry

I scored 100% on the WyzAnt Proficiency Test.

Physics

I can tutor any level of high school physics, and I can also tutor college-level physics on a case-by-case basis.

Prealgebra

I scored 100% on the WyzAnt Proficiency Test.

Precalculus

I scored 100% on the WyzAnt Precalculus proficiency test.

Trigonometry

I scored 100% on the WyzAnt Proficiency Test.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Master's

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Master's)

We adore Celeste!! — She's gentle kind and very patient! We are blessed to have her!! My daughter thoroughly enjoys their sessions! She give us very detailed analyses of each lesson and specific instructions for improvement! She's fabulous! ...

— Jodi, Altadena, CA on 7/18/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Celeste will travel within 10 miles of Montrose, CA 91020.

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