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Joseph G.

Bellefonte, PA


Retired Math Professor

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Background check passed as of 10/5/12
4.8 average from 105 ratings
Very Good
— Patricia, Mill Hall, PA on 8/29/16

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Penn State
Penn State


Penn State

Penn State (PhD)

About Joseph

My formal education is in Physics and Mathematics. While earning my Ph.D. in Mathematics at Penn State, I taught over 30 math courses. Later as an Instructor and Assistant Professor at Fitchburg State College, I taught another 32 math courses in a variety of areas. Then I moved into administration at other schools serving in several capacities including Director of Admissions, Director of Academic Advising and Academic Dean.

My career was interpreted in 1995 when my first wife died from cancer. My response was to leave academe and become an organic vegetable farmer and social entrepreneur. I remarried and raised a young stepson with Asperger's syndrome who experienced trouble in the second grade at our local school. Because we were farming, we enrolled him in a virtual charter school and educated him at home for eight years with me handling his mathematical training. He returned to high school in his junior year and flourished. He graduated in 2012, was named Berks Best in Mathematics and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics at Vanderbilt University.

When we studied together, I used texts written by famous mathematicians to help him learn to think seriously. I'd love to do it again. It's true that my stepson had real mathematical talent. However, during my teaching career, I spent many hours working one-on-one with struggling students. I am patient and committed to ensuring that my students end up understanding what they are doing. Not having much of a memory myself, I don't believe in memorizing strategies to solve standard types of problems. Instead, I seek to communicate the notion that when you finally know what you are doing it becomes almost obvious. Math may be hard to learn, but once learned, it's easy to do.
My formal education is in Physics and Mathematics. While earning my Ph.D. in Mathematics at Penn State, I taught over 30 math courses. Later as an Instructor and Assistant Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Bellefonte, PA 16823
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very Good"

- Patricia, Mill Hall, PA on 8/29/16

"Easy to work with, very clear"

- Zachary, State College, PA on 2/10/16

"Thorough and Concise"

- Billy, State College, PA on 3/13/15

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Kristal, Moshannon, PA on 3/1/15

"Extremely Knowledgeable, Makes Learning Interesting."

- Adam, Lock Haven, PA on 11/23/14

"Excellent tutor, and easy to get a hold of to schedule."

- MICHAEL, Doylestown, PA on 1/16/14
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math,
Geometry, Logic,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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Discrete Math

As a college teacher I have taught many of the components of a typical discrete mathematics course including set theory, functions, equivalence relations, combinatorics and probability. Moreover, my specialty in mathematics was logic which is relevant to discrete math. After a career as a math teacher, I feel that my level of mathematical sophistication is sufficiently high to help me master topics in discrete math that I've not previously encountered.


I hold a Ph.D. in mathematics. The title of my dissertation is On Cylindric Algebras of Structures. The topic is a branch of mathematical logic. I also taught several courses in elementary logic and set theory at Fitchburg State University.

Penn State
Penn State


Penn State

Penn State (PhD)

Very Good — Mr. G was very good at getting our grandson's attention and keeping him on the right track. Grandson was very pleased with what they went over and will probably set up additional appointments. ...

— Patricia, Mill Hall, PA on 8/29/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Joseph will travel within 20 miles of Bellefonte, PA 16823.