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Louis H.

Fayetteville, NC

$35/hour

25+ Year Veteran Math Teacher

Background check passed as of 9/27/16
5.0 average from 60 ratings
Extremely Knowledgeable
— Rina, Hope Mills, NC on 1/13/17

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The United States Military Academy at West Point
National Defense and Public Affairs
Fayetteville State University, NC
Master's
East Carolina University
EdD

Education

The United States Military Academy at West Point (National Defense and Public Affairs)

Fayetteville State University, NC (Master's)

East Carolina University (EdD)

About Louis

Math problems -- I can help! In any level of math, I aim to energize students and prove that math is not that difficult, building confidence and an "I can do this attitude!".

Professionally, I have been an educator for 30 years and have taught all mathematics classes from the 7th grade basic and pre-algebra classes through 11th grade Algebra 2. I have also taught math classes for local community colleges. My career, except for five years as a school administrator, is about evenly split between middle and high school math classes, along with with some science. Geometry and algebra are my favorite classes and I especially enjoy lessons that bring forth concepts from both simultaneously. I have been recognized for higher than average student achievement and was twice named a Cumberland County Schools Model Classroom Teacher, in addition to having earned National Board certification in mathematics.

I am willing to tutor one student or small groups (up to three). Sometimes, kids place a stigma on needing to receive extra help, but are more willing to attend when a good friend or friends come along. Then we have some really great math taking place using the synergy of a small group all disguised as a social endeavor. Naturally, whether one or more students are involved, lessons or assistance is customized to the needs of the students.

Sessions with me can be a review or explanation of homework assignments, analysis and remediation of concepts poorly tested, or skill building. Very often I observe and inform parents that the key reasons for poor math performance is weakness in underlying skills, so we can spend time reinforcing those skills, finding relationships between topics, and learn how math really is sequential and builds upon itself.

I look forward to rewarding sessions with any child that wishes to work in middle grades math, algebra, and geometry. For those who are trying to improve SAT or ACT scores for college admission, I can design and implement a beneficial program there as well.
Math problems -- I can help! In any level of math, I aim to energize students and prove that math is not that difficult, building confidence and an "I can do this attitude!".

Professionally, I have been an educator for 30 years and have taught all
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12 hours notice required
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Travels within 25 miles of Fayetteville, NC 28311
Background Check: Passed

"Extremely Knowledgeable"

- Rina, Hope Mills, NC on 1/13/17

"Great tutor"

- Nathaniel, Fayetteville, NC on 12/15/16

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Celile, Los Angeles, CA on 12/9/16

"Awesome tutoring teacher"

- Zelibel, Orlando, FL on 11/13/16

"Exceptional Math Instruction"

- Mehreen, Little Rock, AR on 10/4/16

"Best math tutor we've ever had"

- Bradford, Fayetteville, NC on 10/2/16
English:
Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Reading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

With the motivated student that wishes to complete several preparation lessons, I can assist with a regimen that can help in elevating scores. I have assisted many students with college entrance exams, and can offer insight into the key components of the test to include commonly tested items and concepts. Test-taking strategies are discussed, basic foundational algebra and geometry skills reinforced. I will focus on plane and solid geometry, linear algebra, functions, and certainly the algebra of geometry. I often suggest or provide supplemental materials for students to complete outside of the tutoring session, discussing and re-teaching difficult concepts.

Algebra 1

Over 25 years, I have taught algebra at all academic levels, and am familiar with the evolution of algebra instruction from simple computations to application. I stress the development of basic skills and I often tell students and parents that learning algebra is much easier with a command of the "little" things, such as underlying properties, evaluation of answers and processes to the standard of reasonableness, etc. I believe that properly guided, students can be successful or even master algebra.

Algebra 2

Over 25 years, I have taught algebra at all academic levels, and I am familiar with the evolution of algebra instruction from simple computations to application. In Algebra 2, topics offer a more comprehensive and in-depth exposure to Algebra 1 and adds topics such as advanced functions, conic sections, and logarithms. I stress the development of basic skills and I often tell students and parents that learning algebra is much easier with a command of the "little" things, such as underlying properties, evaluation of answers and processes to the standard of reasonableness, etc. I believe that properly guided, students can be successful or even master algebra.

Ecology

I have studied our earth biosphere and its inter-related environments since the 1970's, when I was appalled at what human activity was doing to the planet. I have taken environmental science at the collegiate level. I have studied water, soil, climate, and the plant and animal kingdoms to see how even marginal degradation in one area can impact other others. I am interested in sustainable ecosystems and what we as humans can do to assure a healthy environment for generations to come.

Elementary Math

I am completely familiar with the elementary math, and can provide guidance to students who are struggling to put the mathematical pieces together. I can provide guidance in honing the basic skills, emphasis on vocabulary, methods and strategies for problem solving, and the algorithms used in elementary computations. I can also provide insight to patterns and relationships of math topics to each other.

Geometry

Geometry was mastered by early Greeks and Egyptians centuries ago, but is still problematic for today's students. With an underlying foundation of algebra, geometry then expands to concepts, postulates, theorems, and relationships involving lines, plane or solid shapes, etc. I have taught geometry to middle grades and high school students, including honors geometry. I enjoy eliciting from students the thinking involved in solving geometric problems, and can provide insight into relationships between topics or multiple strategies for solving them.

Physical Science

Physical science entails motion, forces, work, and much more. My interests in this area have led to college level courses in mechanics, fluids, thermodynamics, electricity, design, and engineering, all with a foundation in mathematics. For the interested student, I can elaborate on physical science topics and provide real-world examples of how these concepts are used daily.

Prealgebra

I have taught pre-algebra for years, and furthermore, understand why each pre-algebra topic is important in high school algebra. I can help students make the connections, and see relationship and patterns in each topic. I have taught mathematics for 25 years at all levels.

Reading

Reading is the key to every other subject taught at all levels of the educational experience. Strengths and/or weaknesses with reading can have a significantly large positive or negative impact throughout a person's educational career. Strategies such as reading for content, purposeful reading, etc., can be used whenever reading for pleasure, academic reading, job-related reading, and much more. Other strategies such as reading in context, emphasis on vocabulary, annotating text, and focus on main ideas are helpful and can be discussed with any reader.

SAT Math

Both the ACT and SAT are used by colleges and universities as one of many factors when a student is being considered for admission. Therefore, they should not be taken lightly and a preparation regimen can help in elevating scores. I have assisted many students with college entrance exams, and can offer insight into the key components of the test to include commonly tested items and concepts. With students I review test-taking strategies as well as expand or help reinforce the algebra or geometry skills needed to solve problems.

The United States Military Academy at West Point
National Defense and Public Affairs
Fayetteville State University, NC
Master's
East Carolina University
EdD

Education

The United States Military Academy at West Point (National Defense and Public Affairs)

Fayetteville State University, NC (Master's)

East Carolina University (EdD)

Extremely Knowledgeable — Louis is tutoring my daughter for the SAT with most of the focus of math. He is extremely competent and an excellent teacher. He explains concepts in a way that is easy to follow. My daughter finds his tutoring very beneficial and appreciates his kind demeanor. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a tutor. ...

— Rina, Hope Mills, NC on 1/13/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Louis will travel within 25 miles of Fayetteville, NC 28311.