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Allegheny College (Aquatic Environments)
Virginia Tech (Master's)
I have always loved teaching, especially seeing the "lights go on" when a student understands a concept for the first time. I began teaching in grad school and have never looked back.
I received a BS from Allegheny College in Aquatic Environments and a MS from Virginia Tech in Zoology. I conducted my research for my master's in the Antarctic - the Dry Valley System. I taught for 13 years at a community college in the Western part of North Carolina. I taught courses ranging from Microbiology to Anatomy and Physiology to General Biology all the way to Environmental Science. I developed a two year degree in environmental sciences that attracted students from across the state to some of the classes. I was then recruited to come to Raleigh to develop training with Division of Water Quality and Division of Environmental Health.
I missed the classroom and came back to middle school teaching. My first year was a bit of a shock. After the shock wore off I spent over a decade in middle schools teaching science. I was able to obtain several grants to bring hands on activity to the students. These included nature trails, fossil pits and butterfly gardens. While middle school is not for everybody, I always enjoyed the energy that the kids brought to the classroom. I have always loved teaching, especially seeing the "lights go on" when a student understands a concept for the first time. I began teaching in grad school and have never looked back.
I received a BS from Allegheny College in Aquatic Environments and a MS from Virginia Tech in … Read more
I'm one of those people that never takes the time to write a review but I cannot say enough good things about Dan. He is just awesome! He is so patient and kind and thorough and he really goes the extra mile for my daughter. After the first session, Dan requested a copy of her Science book so he could be prepared for each session! My daughter just completed a chapter in her Science book and was moving on to the next chapter. Dan e-mailed me to be sure he had the right chapter so he could prepare (on his own time!) for her next lesson. He truly cares about my child and her success in Science. He knows when her tests are and follows up to see how she did. He gives her the encouragement and praise that she needs to celebrate her successes. He is flexible with our crazy schedule and is always on time. I could not ask for a better tutor for my daughter. The bonus to all of this is she likes him, too. I mean really likes him. (This is my 14 year old, "I know everything" daughter). She said she wished that Dan could help her in all of her subjects. That statement alone is music to my ears!
Dan's first 2 science lessons for 6th grade science were very good - he was well prepared and brought visual aids to help. Our whole family was pleased.
I taught Anatomy and Physiology at Western Piedmon Community College for over a decade. The students in the class were mostly nursing students who needed a strong background in Anatomy and Physiology. I always received above average on my evaluations.
Both my degrees are ecological in nature. My masters is listed as zoology but it was centered around lake ecology. I developed several grants for hands on ecology in the middle schools. Finally, I taught science in middle schools for over a decade.
Teaching both community college and middle school science classes for over 20 years has given me a strong background in science.
Rockhounding is a important hobby of mine. Going out and collecting has taught me a lot about general geological processes. I spend quite a bit of time simply reading geology books, especially about North Carolina.
I taught science classes for over thirty years. Over the past decade or so I taught middle school science which is a mixture of biology, chemistry, physical science, geology, and some minor physics. My first 15 or so years I taught "biology" which at the college level includes lots of chemistry and what is called physical science.
As a science teacher I realized early on that understanding what the student read was critical to their success. I approached the task of improving their comprehension in various ways. Paired reading, asking direct questions and sometimes reading aloud.
For over the past decade I taught middle school. The one challange that all middle school students face is how to study. In some cases this may have been simply getting organized. Most students lacked any organizational skills. Once they were organized you could begin to work on their approach to the topic. In many cases the students did not see the big picture of what the teacher trying to get across to them.