I graduated from the University of Mass in Amherst Magna Cum Laude. During this time I spent a year in Germany and substitute taught German students in grades 5-8. Most of my 25 year teaching career in private and public school was spent teaching pre-algebra and algebra as well as three years teaching fifth grade and two years as one of two

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I have about 20 years teaching both Algebra and Prealgebra. Students enjoy class and experience success.

I successfully taught fifth grade in Lexington for three years. During this time the principal and superintendent, Jeff Young, regularly stopped in to my classroom. Dr. Young and I periodically engaged in a discussion of my teaching strategies. In one discussion he asked how I made "The Call of the Wild" accessible to my fifth grade students since he taught the book to his ninth grade students in Lynnfield. I enjoyed those discussions. During my time as a fifth grade teacher the parents were regularly invited in to visit, and frequently wrote letters of praise to me, my principal and the superintendent. I loved those years of teaching as well as my subsequent years as the elementary math specialist.

After nine years teaching 7th and 8th grade math in private school, I moved to public school where I taught fifth grade math (and other subjects) for three years. During this time I also taught a before school program which taught students how to solve algebraic equations using a manipulative approach. Basically all of my students came in early to participate in this program. Although still wanting to teach fifth grade, the superintendent and principal convinced me to become an additional elementary math specialist. I reluctantly agreed. In this role my major responsibility was to develop and give demonstration lessons in grades K-5. After giving a math lesson to kindergarten students (based on the movie "Toy Story") the teacher told me I had just taught her kindergarten students how to do algebra.

I was encouraged to move up in the administration, but my love was always in the classroom. My goals have always been to help students be successful, have confidence in themselves, and enjoy learning. I have been quite successful in helping students achieve these goals.

I have taught all levels of Prealgeba. My students enjoy class and experience high levels of success. I have a number of references. Mark

My fifth grade students thoroughly enjoyed it when I would read a picture book with them, discuss the content (comprehension) and follow up with a writing assignment. Although both students and parents would consider me a serious teacher, they would also consider me a teacher in whose class the students had fun. In our free initial consultation I should be able to bring many letters of reference from parents.

Although no longer certified, I did receive my LGT and WSI. I also taught swimming and diving for many years mostly as a camp counselor. I taught ages 7-15. I had great success.

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