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Karen S.

Palm Bay, FL


Science and Math Educator/Chemist

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Background check passed as of 5/13/12
5.0 average from 32 ratings
Knowledgeable and easy to understand
— Ken, Melbourne, FL on 9/20/15

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Keene State College: Keene, NH
UMASS - AMherst
Graduate Coursework


Keene State College: Keene, NH

UMASS - AMherst (Graduate Coursework)

About Karen

In addition to teaching 9 years in the high school setting (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Earth Science, Biology, Algebra I and II etc.) I also possess MANY years of practical industrial chemistry experience. I am aware of the skills that today's employers seek. I am a former medic, firefighter, CPR instructor and am capable of positive interaction with a wide array of skillsets. I feel EVERYONE is capable of being educated.

I am proud to be an educator in science and mathematics, but I harbor few illusions that the basic tenets and arcane ideologies of math and science might be retained by most students. I wish to educate through "power of example" -- using math and science concepts as a "road map" to practical problem solving skills. I value the role of facilitator in a student's learning process. I strive to be the best role model possible.

In Webster's Dictionary, "teach" is "to instruct in one's profession" while educate is to "form or develop the character/skill/mind". I strive to be an educator, in the true sense of the word.
In addition to teaching 9 years in the high school setting (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Earth Science, Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Palm Bay, FL 32905
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Knowledgeable and easy to understand"

- Ken, Melbourne, FL on 9/20/15
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Discrete Math, Elementary Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary
ACT Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Geology, Nursing, Nutrition, Organic Chemistry,
Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Accounting, GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Accounting, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, Praxis, PSAT, Regents, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Series 63, Series 7, SSAT, TAKS, TEAS, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Accounting, General Computer, GMAT, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

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Organic Chemistry

I possess a BS degree in Chemistry and almost a Master's in Analytical Chemistry. I have 20+ years laboratory experience with some of that amassed in the pharmaceutical and environmental fields. I have extensive ability to write methods for some very complicated analytical equipment (GC-MS; HPLC; TGA; DSC to name a few). To be successful in writing methods to analyze organic compounds one must have a vast understanding of organic chemistry.


I was an active medic on ambulance services in several services in MA. and CT for almost 15 years. Additionally, I have taken coursework in phlebotomy, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry as well as MANY continuing education courses in pharmacology as it relates to emergency medicine. Additionally, as a chemist (who has also taught biology at the high school level) I have a very solid foundation in the math required for dosage calculations.

Keene State College: Keene, NH
UMASS - AMherst
Graduate Coursework


Keene State College: Keene, NH

UMASS - AMherst (Graduate Coursework)

Knowledgeable and easy to understand — Karen has a great way of explaining chemistry concepts in a manner that actually makes sense! I highly recommend her. ...

— Ken, Melbourne, FL on 9/20/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Karen will travel within 25 miles of Palm Bay, FL 32905.

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