University of Arizona (BSAE)
Texas Tech University (Master's)
As a person who could not understand or do algebra when first introduced to it in middle school, it is amazing that I was able to go on to high school and achieve honor status in nearly all subjects including every math and science class offered. I then went to undergraduate engineering school graduating with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. Next was graduate school graduating with an MS in Industrial Engineering.
The amazing thing that turned the tide was a teacher that rented an upstairs apartment from my parents. He sat with me every night after school and taught me algebra even though I could not understand and had no clue. That changed my life and allowed me to fulfill my dream of becoming an engineer. My first job out of college was working with NASA and the United States Air Force where I actually had the privilege to test the Lunar Accent rocket engine that lifted the astronauts off of the moon and returned them to the space ship orbiting the moon. I also learned how to fly in high school and obtained a private pilot license. Math is definitely needed to do that kind of fun thing. My career in business spans over 30 years as a consultant and engineer with one of the largest companies in the world.
If someone could teach me math, then anybody can be taught it (assuming they really want to learn). One of my grandchildren was born prematurely and has a learning disability that makes math difficult. Although a brilliant child, math is sometimes a problem. Beginning in 6th grade, I stepped in to help in both math and science. The child has done well and has won awards in math in 6th and 7th grade. I am especially interested in teaching 6th and 7th grade math where the students are starting to transition into algebra and more advanced math. I hope to be able to help open up new potentials in life for other kids who really do have it in them but just can't get it without extra help. As a person who could not understand or do algebra when first introduced to it in middle school, it is amazing that I was able to go on to high school and achieve honor status in nearly all subjects including every math and science class offered. I then went to undergraduate engineering school graduating with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. Next
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