Umass Amherst (Natural Resources)
Stephen F. Austin State University (Graduate Coursework)
I have a varied and unique background in a variety of teaching settings. I have worked with children with moderate to severe Autism at Scarborough High School, as an 8th grade science & reading teacher and math tutor at Timberlane Regional Middle School in New Hampshire, as a park ranger in a variety of locations and as a tour guide at Yellowstone National Park. I have given a tours to non-English-speaking adults, preschool children, college professors, and senior citizens. I have lectured to college classes, given presentations to groups in a park setting, and taught elementary school children as a Naturalist in Residence at an Audubon Sanctuary in Massachusetts. This diversified background gives me a unique perspective from which to teach and has helped me to become adept at teaching to my audience’s areas of interests and level of understanding.
I relate well to children and am a good judge of learning abilities. I am effective at tailoring my teaching methods to the student's ability and interests. This, coupled with my extensive background in both Math and Science, have helped me become a skilled and effective teacher.
First of all, I enjoy Math. It has a dependability and consistency that doesn't exist in many other disciplines. 1 + 1 is always 2! Math is also a school subject that we all get to use in our everyday lives. Secondly, I have learned to teach to my student's abilities and areas of interest. This means that if I am teaching a student about measures of area, such as an acre, I talk to a city child about city blocks, a suburban child about football fields, and a rural child about farmland. This is a simplified version of my teaching methods and philosophy.
I have not just taken a variety of Science courses; I have lived it! I have watched geysers and felt their power created so far underground. I have held a Black Bear in my arms while researchers studied her. I have experienced extreme weather conditions, from a purple/black tornado cloud to sub-zero temperatures that freeze water in the air when thrown from a bucket. I've seen how acidic water from a hot spring chemically changes rock. I have an enthusiasm for science and enjoy awakening that in my students.
If you are having problems with Science or Math at school and are willing to work at it, we can get you back on track together! I have a varied and unique background in a variety of teaching settings. I have worked with children with moderate to severe Autism at Scarborough High School, as an 8th grade science & reading teacher and math tutor at Timberlane Regional Middle School in New Hampshire, as a park ranger in a variety of locations and as a tour guide at Yellowstone
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I tutored math for 8th graders while teaching science. All but one of my students showed significant improvement.
I worked in an area where there was very little light or air pollution, at 7,000 feet above sea level. This reawakened my interest in astronomy. I will bring that enthusiasm to my sessions.
Living in Yellowstone, I saw the intricate effects of the wolf reintroduction in 1995. I believe that ecology is still vastly under-understood. I want to instill this same interest and curiosity in my students.
I have seen geological forces at work, experienced earthquakes, felt the hot water from geysers, climbed intricate rock formations, and seen the chemistry of geological processes. This is a science I enjoy teaching and learning. My enthusiasm, knowledge and teaching abilities make me a good tutor.
Geometry is visible math, where you can see the things you're working with. This makes it a branch of mathematics that you can easily apply to and use in everyday life. I had an excellent, inspiring teacher in high school who made geometry interesting and fun. I want to have the same effect on my students.