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I have recently retired from the Lake Pend Oreille School District where I taught high school math for the past 11 years. The previous 20 years were spent as a professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where I taught history and philosophy in the humanities and social sciences department. I enjoy the one-to-one tutoring connection and the

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My 15 yr old who hates math actually came home excited about math after one session with Tom. Thank you Tom!

My two teenage boys really like Tom. He sees both of them at the same time for a couple hours and bounces back and forth between the two of them. He helps them through a couple math problems and then has them do a few on their own to see if they have questions. During this time, he turns his attention to the other boy. He is one of the few that I could find who could teach Honors Algebra 2.

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I recently retired from teaching math at an alternative high school in Sandpoint. Algebra was one of the main courses taught. In the ten years that I taught this course I learned to recognize the primary trouble spots that most people face and ways to address them. I recognize that many of the challenges students face when working through an algebra course are as much psychological as intellectual and try to create a learning atmosphere were students feel supported and free to take risks and make mistakes.

Algebra II was one of the core courses at the high school were I taught math for 11 years. Having just retired from teaching, I am interested in working with students on a one-on-one basis who are struggling with this material. I believe that I bring to such sessions both a grasp of the material and an appreciation of the ways that students get tripped up when working with it.

Geometry was one of the cornerstone courses in our curriculum at the alternative high school from which I recently retired--and one of my favorites to teach. It was fun to explore the connections between algebraic and geometric approaches to problem solving and particularly the points of intersection between the two. I find particular satisfaction in seeing students relax with material that is more visual, tangible and even artistic and then see their growing appreciation of the math that underlies those qualities.

I earned a BA in Philosophy from The Colorado College. Logic courses were part of that curriculum. I taught Logic in Prescott, AZ at Yavapai Community College and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I also included a section on Logic in the philosophy course I taught at Lake Pend Oreille Alternative High School in Sandpoint, ID.

Pre-algebra is a critical course as students transition from elementary work with numbers and operations and begin to develop the skill of algebraic thinking. My ten years of teaching math at an alternative high school refined my skills in working with students as they make that transition. I enjoy helping students cultivate an early appreciation for the power of algebra both for problem solving and intellectual development.

I taught part-time for two years at Yavapai Community College in Prescott, AZ and for almost 20 years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the same town. I taught a course in religions of the world at both institutions. In addition, I received a Templeton Foundation grant for developing and team teaching a course on Science and Religion together with the chairman of the physics department. In addition, I have spent time in Catholic, Protestant, and Buddhist communities in France and Switzerland.

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