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Morehouse College (Mathematics)
Lamar University (Graduate Coursework)
As a teacher of Mathematics for 10 years with a degree in Mathematics and minor in Chemistry, Mathematics has always been a strong area of success for me as I have closed achievement gaps for struggling Math students in Mathematics by more than 50% on average. I have won awards from Congress and the Rotary Club of Dallas for my extensive work in the community and high achievement of students who struggled in the critical need area of Mathematics and by the end of the school year ended up scoring within the 90th percentile. As a former struggling Math student who at one point could not do word problems, in my earlier years in public schools, I have a unique understanding of the struggles and frustrations that students endure when trying to master mathematical material and the work required to overcome these difficulties. As a result, I have been able to develop a unique means of connecting with students and meeting them where they are, regarding what's most needed and what strategies work best to specifically aid them as a person in understanding Mathematics. I sincerely believe that there is no one way to solve a problem and as long as the student can justify their understanding as well as validate their thinking, their solution should always be accepted. It's not all about getting the right solution, but more so being successful in Mathematics is about comprehending how the steps link together and gaining a deep understanding of the correct pathway to that desired solution.
As a former valedictorian, Who's Who Among Middle School/High School student, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Club) member, Ronald E. McNair NASA Scholar and recognized Master Math teacher by my school district, I have a deep understanding of the formula of success for students to achieve at high levels no matter what their background, short coming, or level of frustration because I've had to live the battle of working from struggling Math student to "A" student. I can speak to this because of the work ethic, achievement, and conquering of my Math difficulties and fears that I was able to overcome because of the patience, motivation, push, and relating that other educators during my childhood showed towards me. After being a struggling Math student and then achieving a grade of A in College Algebra with a grade of 100% on the final exam at just 12 years old, I saw that I could achieve and succeed at anything if I applied the same drive, dedication, and high expectations of myself with the right support system behind me. Therefore, I am able to take these same experiences and qualities that I saw and experienced as result of my mother (a multiple time Semi Finalist teacher of the year for district and teacher of year)and several other educators, and implement them to give students the level of success and triumph that I and their parents always knew was there. The reward for me is not in the payment because educators don't get rich for making the sacrifices financially and time wise, to help young people succeed. The reward is in having that young person not only succeed in the subject matter but also seeing that I have changed their perspective for the better on what they felt was an insurmountable task, because of the impact I have made on them at that time. In conclusion, I look forward to working with each and every parent and student in making young people more successful and am excited to hear from all tutoring candidates in the near future. Thank you.
As a teacher of Mathematics for 10 years with a degree in Mathematics and minor in Chemistry, Mathematics has always been a strong area of success for me as I have closed achievement gaps for struggling … Read more
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