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Kevin M.

Colorado Springs, CO

$50/hour

Experienced, patient chemistry tutor - AP, IB, college-level, general

Background check passed as of 8/22/15
5.0 average from 137 ratings
Great tutor
— Jill, Colorado Springs, CO on 4/29/16

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Colorado State University
Biochemistry
Colorado College
Master's

Education

Colorado State University (Biochemistry)

Colorado College (Master's)

About Kevin

Teaching others is truly my number one calling. I've been doing so for the better part of 20 years and have worked with students of all levels, from elementary to advanced college. I started as a peer chemistry tutor while working on my Bachelor's degree at CSU in Ft. Collins and went on to lead the IB and AP chemistry programs at a High School after earning a Master's degree in science education at Colorado College. After nine years at Rampart I became the Head of the Science Department at the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School, where I currently serve an extraordinarily diverse group of students today.

I am highly skilled at working with students of ALL ability levels in one-on-one or group settings, and absolutely live for the "ah-ha!" moments that happen when science is suddenly "de-mystified." As someone who struggled to learn chemistry myself throughout my high school and early college years, I love being able to share my time-tested strategies with others as they work to master this notoriously tricky subject. Having taught over 3,000 students in my lifetime - from those who may consider it hopeless to those that seem to have been born experts - I can say with 100% confidence that ANYONE can learn this subject, and my role is to help you get there. Many of my students have moved on to earn their PhDs, become practicing physicians, or even become chemistry teachers themselves. Almost none of these individuals considered themselves to be any good at chemistry prior to enrolling in my class, or even particularly interested in it.

I hold a bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology from Colorado State University, with minors in biochemistry and microbiology. I graduated in the top 1% of my class of over 3,000 and was fortunate enough to intern with the Centers for Disease Control, USDA Crops Research Laboratory, and even Walt Disney World's integrated pest management team on site in Orlando FL. My undergraduate coursework includes a wide variety of science disciplines including physics, human gross anatomy, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, and of course a complete host of advanced chemistry courses.

After working in research, I discovered that my true passion in life is actually outside of the lab, fostering a curiosity for science in others. This drove me to earn a Master's degree in education, which in turn allowed me to become a high school teacher and inspire the next generation of leaders in science and engineering. This makes me uniquely qualified as a highly skilled educator that also possesses a robust working knowledge of all scientific disciplines.

You've found your tutor - I'm happy to come to you, meet you at the local library or coffee house, communicate online, or do whatever I can to help you learn this subject. Please don't hesitate to call if you have questions about my qualifications or want to schedule lessons. I'm available weekends as well as weekday evenings, so my schedule can be flexible to accommodate your needs.
Teaching others is truly my number one calling. I've been doing so for the better part of 20 years and have worked with students of all levels, from elementary to advanced college. I started as a peer chemistry tutor while working on my Bachelor's degree at CSU in Ft. Collins and went on to lead the IB and AP chemistry programs at a High School Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor"

- Jill, Colorado Springs, CO on 4/29/16

"Excellent Instructor!"

- Lisa, West Palm Beach, FL on 10/31/16

"Kevin is a lifesaver!"

- Iliana, Colorado Springs, CO on 10/19/16

"Kevin knows his Chemistry and makes it understandable"

- Robin, Colorado Springs, CO on 5/20/16

"An Amazing Tutor"

- Raionnah, Colorado Springs, CO on 3/31/16

"Excellent tutor"

- Ashley, Colorado Springs, CO on 2/14/16

"Excellent Tutor"

- Carol, Ann Arbor, MI on 12/17/15

"A tutor that really enjoys his job!"

- Jacki, Colorado Springs, CO on 11/12/15

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Kate, Colorado Springs, CO on 11/9/15

"Awesome Tutor"

- Al, Colorado Springs, CO on 11/2/15

"Excellent Chemistry tutor."

- Jeannie, Monument, CO on 9/10/15
Science:
Biology,
Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science

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Biology

B.S. In Biological Science from Colorado State University, 2002

Chemistry

I have 12 years experience teaching chemistry at the high school and college levels, including AP, IB, honors, and college general chemistry I and II. I've also completed over 50 credit hours in chemistry and closely-related subjects as part of my undergraduate program in molecular biology and biochemistry at Colorado State University, with a cumulative GPA in these courses of 3.95. I currently head the science department at the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School, and our primary focus in this department is general chemistry with an emphasis in helping students transition from their high school chemistry course to the rigorous course they will enroll in at the Academy. In addition to demanding highly effective, diversified instruction, one of my chief responsibilities in this position is to design and execute an adaptive chemistry program for students of all abilities and backgrounds.

Organic Chemistry

I took two classes in organic chemistry as part of my undergraduate work toward my degree in Molecular Biology and biochemistry and scored a high A in both. I went on to teach the subject as the director of the AP and IB chemistry programs as a high school chemistry teacher for 9 years. Organic chemistry features prominently in IB chemistry in particular.

Colorado State University
Biochemistry
Colorado College
Master's

Education

Colorado State University (Biochemistry)

Colorado College (Master's)

Great tutor

Kevin did a great job helping my daughter who was struggling in AP Chemistry. Although she has a fantastic instructor at school, my daughter needed more individual assistance and extra practice beyond what we could expect any classroom teacher to provide. Kevin is great at assessing the student's individual strengths and weaknesses and providing extra explanations and practice in the areas they s

— Jill, Colorado Springs, CO on 4/29/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kevin will travel within 20 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80919.