North Dakota State University (Chemistry)
University of Tennessee (Master's)
University of Tennessee (EdD)
As you might suspect from my picture, I love dogs, especially my bff, Lance. We like to take long hikes and he is a great walking companion. I also like to kayak (Lance is not interested), garden, watch movies, and try new things. I have worked with students for many years at all academic levels in chemistry and mathematics-- and Lance sometimes joins me. I have worked in traditional classroom settings as well as hiking up mountains and testing for water safety. I have worked in both urban and rural communities and at all academic levels, with the "best and brightest" and those considered at risk. What keeps me going is the expression on a student's face when the light bulb goes off (I understand!) and the high five when the test is returned with that satisfactory grade.
Professionally I have been involved with science and math education for many years utilizing my Master's degree in chemistry and a Doctorate in science education. I have worked at the middle, high school and college level teaching and tutoring math and science as well as worked with the Department of Energy at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). While at ORNL, I liked to say I worked with personnel K-death----I planned programs for elementary school students as well as worked with the research staff to identify excellent post doctoral students ---from one end of the academic spectrum to the other. In all my work, I, and Lance, value the recognition and appreciation of the important roles that science and math play in our lives. As you might suspect from my picture, I love dogs, especially my bff, Lance. We like to take long hikes and he is a great walking companion. I also like to kayak (Lance is not interested), garden, watch movies, and try new things. I have worked with students for many years at all academic levels in chemistry and mathematics-- and Lance sometimes
Linda went over fractions with me and I came away with a better understanding. She demonstrated patience and made the lessons more easy to understand.
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I have taught and tutored this subject for nearly 15 years at both the secondary and college level. I have tutored in formal tutoring centers as well as through individual contacts. While math was not my major as a college student, math was the tool I used both as an undergraduate and graduate student in chemistry. I believe this brings a richness to my work as I have experienced first hand how math is used in other areas
I started out teaching chemistry at the high school level and soon realized that students had problems less with chemistry and more with Algebra 2. That was the impetus to turning my attention to Algebra 2. To enable my students to succeed in chemistry it was necessary that I demonstrate to my students how the Algebra 2 they were studying related to the chemistry we were doing. So, for the 10 years I taught high school chemistry, I was also tutoring/teaching Algebra 2. Later I began teaching at the college level where I directly taught Algebra 2 for over 5 years and finally for the past 10 years I added working in college tutoring centers where Algebra 2 is again a major focus.
I have spent most of my adult life involved with chemistry, teaching and tutoring at all academic levels and with all types of students. My research experience helps me to bring the subject alive and to enable students to experience how science, specifically chemistry, is really done.
I began my college career at the community college level where there is a real need for prealgebra teaching and tutoring. For about the past 20 years I have taught and tutored prealgebra in many different settings: formal classrooms, math and tutoring centers, libraries, churches, museums, etc. I think my many different career experiences allow me to rather easily relate mathematics to the everyday world and I think that is a very important part of being able to successfully teach prealgebra.