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Martha Anne P.

Livonia, NY

$35/hour

College/High School Certified Biology and Chemistry Teacher

Background check passed as of 6/16/11
4.2 average from 6 ratings
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— Nora, Floral Park, NY on 1/19/15

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SUNY Geneseo
Roberts Wesleyan College
MEd
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Graduate Coursework

Education

SUNY Geneseo

Roberts Wesleyan College (MEd)

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (Graduate Coursework)

About Martha Anne

Someone once said that “to teach is to point the way through fire…” To me that means as we go on, it doesn’t necessarily matter what subject we teach and it’s not always about knowing exactly how we will get there, but that through our own passions and convictions we can lead students to acquire knowledge and have capacity to use and express what they know in order to solve problems. Teaching is about being flexible enough to adjust, change, modify, relate, and forge on even when we are unsure ourselves. I believe that to teach requires immense trust in yourself and your students’ capabilities. Teaching requires a deep faith that even though at the moment you may not have all the answers, the desire to learn and pass on knowledge and insights as they come will guide you to do what will achieve maximum growth for students.

In 2005, my first biology teaching job was with Geneseo Central School where I worked as a long-term substitute for middle school science and college level anatomy/physiology. I worked there through June 2007. From Sept 2007 through June 2010, I worked as a high school biology and AP Biology instructor at Marcus Whitman Central School, Rushville, NY. I resigned from that position because of its geographical distance from home and for maternity reasons. While employed at both districts I went above and beyond required professional development by attending molecular biology weekend and summer workshops at Cornell University through the Cornell Institute of Biology Teachers (CIBT), ecology and water quality workshops at Finger Lakes Institute (Geneva, NY). I have also attended the STEM conference in Ontario County for the last three years, and BOCES workshops for teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and workshops on website design, podcasting, and literacy and differentiation.

I love teaching biology because just like with flying it’s truly a wonderful adventure. Students are always teaching me more about myself and I find myself teaching in direct response to their unique personalities, needs, and sense of humor. In every teaching situation, whether on the ground or in the air I have felt connected to my students concerns, rejoiced in their accomplishments, and have sincere empathy for them in their failures. One of the most important lessons I have learned through all teaching experiences is to be gentle with myself and my students because teaching is truly an act of care. Another person once said, “Like guides we walk at times ahead of our students, at times beside them, and at times we follow their lead.” Sometimes we don’t just follow their lead; we actually have to sit on the ground praying for them that they remember how to do what they were taught.
My interests in biology have led me to create fascinating inquiry-based experiences both in and out of the classroom for both my general biology students and my advanced placement biology students.

It is my deeply held belief that all students will achieve higher through science instruction that is inquiry-based, problem-based, and concept-based. In fact my master’s curriculum project (completed in the summer of 2010) demonstrated numerous examples in education research and through lesson plans I developed that inquiry-based instruction used in biology is a best practice methodology for improving science, math and ELA skills. Through this type of instruction it is my goal to encourage students to become strong, independent, and creative thinkers that have the confidence to tackle challenging problems. I enjoy working cooperatively with fellow teachers that share my core values of respect, integrity, honesty, and accountability. I endeavor to build these values in students as they grow to become citizens and life-long learners. In a lecture or laboratory situation I compel my students to work hard at the task they are given, but also want them to look forward to the work, wondering what dynamic activity I have planned for them to do next.

In lab settings my students have conducted extensive cat and rabbit dissections as well as numerous invertebrate dissections. In the lab I have also taught DNA profiling techniques, isolation and PCR of foreign bacterial DNA (Wolbachia) in some arthropods, techniques for analyzing comparative evolutionary relationships among animals using protein gel electrophoresis, and performed transformation of foreign DNA into bacterial cells using glowing fluorescent proteins and blue/white colony recognition. I have also led students in embryological development and studies by culturing Japanese Medaka fish, and genetic studies by culturing multiple mutant strains of fruit flies. In the outdoor laboratory setting my students have conducted stream and pond water quality experiments in the Canandaigua Lake watershed, studied ecological relationships and natural selection between the golden rod plants and its parasites and parasitoids. Students have also profiled forest dynamics of small upland and lowland forest communities on a 180-acre property in Rushville, NY. To enhance learning in the lab I also like to bring in experts. I have had Ron Walker (Avon, NY) give birds of prey demonstrations, guest speakers from the Ontario County Sheriff’s forensic science team to discuss uses of DNA evidence, and Edith Davey of the Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation Department talk about the importance of macro invertebrates in streams. Additionally, I am comfortable utilizing a Smart Board in daily instruction, streaming videos, PowerPoint for lecture and review, review games designed by students, differentiated assessments, and field trips. Some of the most interesting and fun field trips I have taken students on were the Human Body exhibit at the RMSC, and white-water rafting at Letchworth State Park.
Someone once said that “to teach is to point the way through fire…” To me that means as we go on, it doesn’t necessarily matter what subject we teach and it’s not always about knowing exactly how we will get there, but that through our own passions and convictions we can lead students to acquire knowledge and have capacity to use and express what Read more

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Cancellation
5 hours notice required
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Travels within 35 miles of Livonia, NY 14487
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor"

- Nora, Floral Park, NY on 1/19/15
Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
Science:
Anatomy, Biology, Biostatistics, Botany, Chemistry,
Ecology, Genetics, Geology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science, Zoology
Music:
Clarinet
Test Preparation:
Regents

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Chemistry

I am certified in high school chemistry and teach Preparatory College Chem and General College Chem I & II.

Clarinet

I have 25 years of experience playing the clarinet and bass clarinet. I also own both of these instruments. My performance experience on both instruments is wide and varied. Over the last 10 years I have performed as a member of Finger Lakes Concert Band, Honeoye Community Band, Naples Community Band, MCC Concert Band, MCC Jazz Ensemble, and the Avon Orchestra. I have previous experience in tutoring middle school and high school students and in giving private lessons.

Organic Chemistry

I am a biochemistry/chemistry doctoral student at Rochester Institute of Technology and I have 6 years of experience as a General College Chemistry Instructor. I have successfully tutored many student in Organic Chemistry I from community colleges and universities.

Regents

I am permanently certified as a biology teacher in NYS and have 3 years of experience teaching Regents Biology. While I was employed as a high school teacher I had a 100% pass rate on the Living Environment Regents exam. I also have previous experience in tutoring students for the Math Regents, Global Studies Regents, Earth Science Regents, & Chemistry Regents.

SUNY Geneseo
Roberts Wesleyan College
MEd
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Graduate Coursework

Education

SUNY Geneseo

Roberts Wesleyan College (MEd)

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (Graduate Coursework)

Great tutor

Martha tutored my son for College Chemistry I. She was very helpful and patient. She gave him back his confidence in chemistry. She is flexible and reliable.

— Nora, Floral Park, NY on 1/19/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Martha Anne will travel within 35 miles of Livonia, NY 14487.