College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Biology)
Baruch College (Master's)
Brooklyn College (Graduate Coursework)
I am an experienced science teacher with both classroom experience as well as having one-on-one tutoring experience. When I was a high school student I remember struggling in one of my math classes. My mom hired a tutor for me. Although the tutor was Russian and spoke with a heavy accent, he was able to communicate concepts to me in a way that made sense and were understandable. I was thinking "Why couldn't my teacher explain things to me as clearly and easily as this gentleman did?". It was a profound lesson about getting on a student's "wavelength" and the importance of tailoring concepts to an individual student's learning style. Another common challenge that I've observed in students is that they struggle with study skills. Oftentimes the student is bright enough but needs assistance focusing their study and organizational skills to extract and retain key concepts. I have had the experience on several occasions, after providing a couple of tutoring sessions, that the parent has told me that they no longer need my services because their son or daughter has learned how to study and their test grades have improved as a result.
I genuinely enjoy working with children. My passion for sharing my knowledge and experience has never waned. With considerable knowledge in my subject area, I feel fortunate that I can communicate information in a way that is motivational, always incorporating humor as well as infusing a diversity of life experiences into every lesson. Because of this, the time passes quickly and my students actually look forward to their next session with me.
Before becoming a high school teacher, I was a science major at college. This means that I had a heavier concentration of science and related courses than most science teachers who usually major in education as opposed to science. The college I attended (College of Environmental Science and Forestry) was a renowned college with a national reputation). My coursework was extensive and I also completed many hours of work in the field. I went on to become a successful classroom teacher in New York City. My family has lived in North Idaho for 15 years and I am licensed to teach secondary biology in Idaho and I do some teaching in our local school district. We have two wonderful children who have attended school locally. Both do well academically and both were involved with school sports.
One of the promises that I make to children and their parents is that they can expect to see an improvement in school grades within a month of working with me. I am happy to answer any questions or respond to any concerns that you as a student or the parent may have. Please feel free to contact me anytime. By the way, that photo is of my wife and me. It was taken at a music festival at Schweitzer Mountain. I take a lot of photos of other people but alas, few are taken of me. I am an experienced science teacher with both classroom experience as well as having one-on-one tutoring experience. When I was a high school student I remember struggling in one of my math classes. My mom hired a tutor for me. Although the tutor was Russian and spoke with a heavy accent, he was able to communicate concepts to me in a way that
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I attended the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse, NY) and minored in botany. Subjects included dendrology, plant pathology, etc. The college owned forest land and many of my classes involved weekly hours in the field.
In addition, As an experienced high school biology teacher, botany was included in the teaching curricula I was required to present to my classes.
As a biology major, I was required to complete a 4 credit genetics course which included a lab concentrating on genetics of the fruit fly.
As an experienced biology teacher, I was required to teach a unit on genetics. Since evolution was also a required component and with genetic mutation being the raw material for species changing over time, this was also included in both my college coursework and high school curriculum.
As a science major at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse NY), I majored in zoology and minored in botany. Courses included zoology (2 semesters), herpetology, comparative anatomy, histology and physiology.
My college required me to complete a summer field program and I attended a program in Blacksburg, Virginia (associated with University of Virginia). The program focused on herpetology and that mountainous region was known as one of the most diverse locations in the United States for amphibia. I believe I received 7 credit hours for the course.