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Tom P.

Coeur D Alene, ID

$45/hour

Retired High School Math Teacher Now Tutoring

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/18/14
5.0 average from 12 ratings
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— Sarah, Hayden, ID on 3/27/17

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The Colorado College
Philosophy
Northern Arizona University
MEd

Education

The Colorado College (Philosophy)

Northern Arizona University (MEd)

About Tom

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 energy of students who are willing to go the extra mile to improve their academic performance.

Because I take this work and the success of those I work with seriously, I do require a 24-hour cancellation notice and am happy to reschedule makeup sessions. I am convinced that the various challenges students face when doing math, both intellectual and psychological, can be met and overcome in a space where student efforts are appreciated and affirmed.
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 Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Background Check: Passed

"Wonderful resource!"

- Sarah, Hayden, ID on 3/27/17

"Great teacher!"

- Chelle, Coeur D Alene, ID on 3/27/17

"Great with teens"

- Traci, Hayden, ID on 7/30/16

"Excellent with Math / Patient"

- Cinthia, Post Falls, ID on 2/20/15
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Religion,
World History

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Algebra 1

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 2

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

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.

Logic

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.

Prealgebra

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.

Religion

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.

The Colorado College
Philosophy
Northern Arizona University
MEd

Education

The Colorado College (Philosophy)

Northern Arizona University (MEd)

Wonderful resource!

Tom tutored my 16 year old son in Geometry and he came home saying he understands the material better (which is HUGE) and said his time with Tom was "great"! We will definitely be setting up more times to meet with Tom and I'm going to have him work with my daughter on her Algebra as well.

— Sarah, Hayden, ID on 3/27/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tom will travel within 12 miles of Coeur D Alene, ID 83814.