Penn State University (Math)
SUNY Buffalo (Master's)
I have taught college math, logic, statistics, critical thinking & philosophy for over 25 years. I have been teaching Chess for the past 15 years. Many of my students have won top prizes in Tampa Bay scholastic tournaments. Most recent sucess: First Place in May 7, 2016 West Tampa K-12 Tournament.
During 2011-12, of the first place winners in 6 consecutive Tampa Palms K-12 scholastic tournaments, 4 were my students, who each went on to play in the section for those rated over 1000.
I have taught all levels of college math from pre-algebra through calculus. As a college professor, I was an invited speaker at several teacher conferences to talk about my innovative teaching approaches. In the past ten years my tutoring has helped several students who were having difficulty dramatically improve their math grades and scores on standardized math tests. I have also helped students with B's in math become A students. I also helped one student prepare for the Regional Geometry competitions.
My specialty in graduate school was Logic. I presently teach Critical Thinking online at Champlain College in Vermont. I have been involved in two major revisions of this course in the past five years. Previously, I was involved in the development or revision of several of the college math courses I taught, including Logic and Earth Algebra.
I have an expert chess rating and extensive tournament experience. For three consecutive years 2005-2007 I won first place at St. Petersburg Open Tournaments.
I have coached several successful chess teams, one that was invited to the Florida State team championship in Orlando, and two other teams that won several top team trophies in Tampa and St. Petersburg. More than a dozen of my students won first place in St Petersburg and Tampa sections, including K-2, K-5, K-8, and K-12. Of the six of my students who won 1st place in K-12, 5 of my students were not yet in high school when they won first place in the K-12 section.
My private lessons and after school classes cover all aspects of chess. Openings to endgames, tactics and strategy. Study programs are geared to the student's level and interests. I have taught college math, logic, statistics, critical thinking & philosophy for over 25 years. I have been teaching Chess for the past 15 years. Many of my students have won top prizes in Tampa Bay scholastic tournaments. Most recent sucess: First Place in May 7, 2016 West Tampa K-12 Tournament.
During 2011-12, of the first place
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I have extensive college math teaching experience in subjects ranging from Developmental Math and Elementary Algebra through the second year of Calculus. During my thirty plus years of college teaching, I was an invited speaker at several teaching conferences for presentations of my unique teaching innovations. I was also involved in helping to develop and restructure several college courses that I taught, including Developmental Math, Logic, Critical Thinking, Statistics, and Earth Algebra.
In the past few years I have tutored Algebra 1 and 2, High School Geometry as well as Chess.
I learned chess when I was 9 years old and have been playing chess all my life. At ages 11-13, I was the City of Philadelphia Recreation Champion for my age group for three consecutive years. I played second board on my high school chess team for four years, when the team was the Pennsylvania Chess Team Champion.
I played 2nd Board on The Penn State Chess Team for three years. First board was the Philadelphia champion (while still in high school) and the Pennsylvania state champion.
From 2005-2007 I won first place in the St Petersburg Open Tournaments. I have won many other chess prizes, including third place in the Vermont Spring Open in 2003, with my only loss to the tournament winner, who was a Russian Grandmaster. I have defeated four masters in tournament play, including Sunil Weeranantry, author of the book Favorite Lessons of a Chess Coach.
As outlined in my public bio, my students have won top individual and team trophies since I began teaching chess in Florida in 2005. I taught for Six years at the Vermont Chess Camp, and directed my own Suncoast Chess Camp for the past 7 years. My most recent student success was Saturday, May 7, 2016. My student who I teach in an after school program at Countryside Montessori won first place in his first tournament in Tampa.
I also play at a website called NothingButChess. I have been ranked number 2 for over two years. There are about 250 active players from around the world at NBC.
I also have taught at homeschool groups, private lessons, small classes and after school groups for the past 15 years.
I am fully qualified to tutor or teach logic, both formal logic and "informal" logic. I have a BS degree in Mathematics (with a minor in Philosophy) from Penn State University and a MA degree from SUNY Buffalo in Mathematics, with a concentration in Mathematical Logic. For the past ten years I have taught at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where I taught math and philosophy. I have taught Critical Thinking at Champlain for over ten years. Prior to that I taught full time at Clinton Community College, where I taught math, statistics, logic and philosophy.