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A Washington State certified math and physics teacher with over 14 years of experience in one-on-one teaching of Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Social Sciences at Chrysalis, a private high school in Woodinville. Retired in June of 2011 and started tutoring with WyzAnt almost immediately. Informally tutored other classmates while in high school, college, and worked as a United Way volunteer, tutoring students in Texas.
Bachelor of Science - West Point: 1971
Served over 10 years on active duty in the US Army
Masters Degree, Civil Engineering - Iowa State: 1976
Worked over 10 years as a Petroleum and Civil Engineer for Exxon. Certified Petroleum Engineer, State of Texas.
Served over 11 years in the US Army Reserve, Retired as a Lt. Col. 1993
Teaching Certificate in Math & Physics from UW: 1995
Taught students one on one, full-time at Chrysalis High School in Woodenville 1997 - 2011
Retired from full time teaching: 2011
Tutoring since 2011.
Taught math, physics, and some chemistry on a one-on-one basis at Chrysalis high school from 1997 to 2011. Tutored students from 6th grade thru college. Successful in teaching/tutoring all ages of students in math and science. As a United Way volunteer, tutored grade school students who were temporary wards of the state.
Have had great rapport with my students; try to make learning fun, show students practical or even humorous ways to think of or remember mathematical principles, not just rote memorization of formulas. Emphasize students understanding the math, not just memorizing or punching buttons on a calculator. Show them the flexibility within various math procedures to make problems easier to do, less time consuming, easier to remember, and more accurate.
On a personal note, I am an avid Mariners/Seahawks fan! Felix...perfect! Seahawks...NFL Champions!!! Students who are fans are preferred!
Dave A Washington State certified math and physics teacher with over 14 years of experience in one-on-one teaching of Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Social Sciences at Chrysalis, a
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My son has struggled in high school algebra/trig the entire year. I tried getting him help from teachers, having him stay after school, etc. He could not get above a D on the tests and I felt like he was drowning in discouragement. I needed to do something FAST because he failed the first semester and now, at the end of the year, it was looking that he was going to fail the second semester. Somehow I found Wyzant and chose David due to his hourly rate and great reviews. I'm so appreciative that he keeps his rate reasonable! Otherwise, I would have chosen someone else.
David came over right away and after one lesson, my son got his first B on a test! We are down to the wire and the teacher said he needed a C or better on the next test and a C or better on the final to pass. Well, he got an A on the next test after one more session and he is taking the final today after meeting with David last night. He went to school today feeling confident.
My son describes David like this- "He is easy to talk to and really helps things make sense."
I appreciate David saving us from another summer school course and his flexibility to come last minute was a lifesaver. I'm hesitant to post this review because I don't want David to get so popular that I can't book him!!
David helped me get a better sense of algebra and quantitative problems. I highly appreciate his expertise and gentle mannerism. I feel more confident in my math skills in preparation for the GRE at this point. Merci beaucoup
He explains the answer in a way that is easy to understand. I like the way he explains. He is polite and patient.
David had good explanations, and was easy to follow when answering my questions. He made me more confident in my ability to do decent on my upcoming test.
David explains things in a very nice pace so my son can understand. Having an IEP in math and taking math in college is challenging but he is doing well with David's help.
Dave has a laid back but quite effective teaching style. He was always professional, on time, and very flexible when we needed to make changes on short notice because of family emergencies. My 7th grade daughter ended up with an A in algebra. We won't hesitate to bring Dave back for geometry.
My son has been tutored by David over the past year. He's been in high school geometry. David has been patient and thorough with my son on the concepts and math problems. David helped him also prepare for the end of course exam. I really appreciated David's style and knowledge. He was patient and very good with helping my son understand geometry, and helped him get through math this year and prepare him for 2nd year Algebra. I would highly recommend David - very good tutor.
David is an excellent teacher. He is patient and soft spoken and my daughter is completely comfortable with him. He guides her towards understanding in the way that only an experienced educator can do. She looks forward to working with him and is more confident in her abilities since she has been working with him.
David's tutoring with our son's Algebra has helped considerably. His most recent Algebra test was an A-. My son says that Dave is able to get it across to him in a way that is more succinct and to the point than I, his mom, ever was able to. That seems to make it much less frustrating to my son, and he's more willing to persevere until he gets it. David is able to offer up multiple explanations when our son doesn't get it the 1st time, and able to explain the math with the big picture in mind -- how it all relates, connects, and ultimately makes sense when one has the 'big picture.' My son also liked the 'real world' applications of the math that Dave was able to give him when my son asked "Why & Where would I use this stuff?!" David is also able to be flexible with his time... something we really needed and appreciate.
My daughter is so impressed after every session about how much she learns that she was never told. She really likes the way David explains things and she is feeling more confident about math with every lesson!
I feel blessed finding my son's tutor David through WyzAnt since December 2012. He is patient, polite, knowledgeable, and cheerful. My son feels very comfortable being taught by him.
Thank you David for taking time to help my son with understanding his Algebra. He has really enjoyed your help.
David met with my daughter for only an hour. Within that hour, she was able to understand the material and finish her homework for the week. Not only did David help her in such a short period of time, but he was able to come help with only hours notice.
Thank you David!
We were lucky enough to have David answer our plea for help at the end of the school year to help our son improve his grades. David came in and helped our son understand his math in a short period of time in a way that I wish his teachers would have taken the time to do during the rest of the school year. Our son felt good about what he learned and was able to finish the year on a high note.
David worked with our son for several sessions over a period of about five weeks when he was struggling with Algebra 2. During that short time his test scores improved by about 15 percentage points. Our son enjoyed working with him and pronounced him "a really good teacher."
David is patient, timely, and an exceptional tutor. His assistance has been monumental in our family and has eased our daughter's math related stress significantly. Thank you David we are forever indebted.
Outstanding! David is very patient and explains the information in a way that is easy to understand. He has helped me get through several math classes and I would use him again in the future.
David K. was a wonderful fit with my 12yo son. He boosted his confidence by showing him how much he really did understand. It was delightful to work with David and to see my son's perspective change toward math is such a blessing.
David was wonderful for our ADD son who was struggling to get through 11th grade physics. Our son was very timid about physics, but David was patient and thorough. Our son went from an F to a C-, which was a miracle for us! Thank you David!
David K. continues to do an excellent job with my daughter. They have made significant progress in a very short time. His patience and techniques as well as his communication style are very positive. Strongly recommend David for anyone getting ready for the math portions of the SAT or ACT.
My daughter's SAT math score increased by 80 points thanks to David K. Since the average increase is 50, I am very impressed by a measurable score.
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During my years of teaching I often helped students prepare for standardized tests (ie. SAT & ACT) in conjunction with teaching math in a one on one environment at a private school. I had one student who came to our school because he was near failing at a public school. I had him 3 years for math. He scored a perfect 800 on the SAT test.
I taught Alg.I / Alg. II students one-on-one every year before my retirement in 6/11.
I have taught Algebra II students one on one for 14 years before my retirement in Jun. 2011.
For over 14 years, I taught Math & Physics every year at a private school in Woodinville. All teaching was one on one with students. In addition to my math/physics teaching, I also taught Chemistry a number of years when the school needed additional help in that subject. Since most Chemistry (except lab work) is math-based, and I had Chemistry in both high school and college, it was a fairly easy transition.
I have a Bachelor of Science from West Point, a Masters in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University, and am a licensed Petroleum Engineer in Texas. During my career, I worked for one year at the Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station, Concrete Laboratory. I have worked for 10 1/2 years for Exxon as a Surface Engineer and Civil Engineer
I have often worked with middle school students and feel comfortable teaching them. They are studying basic mathematical principles to get ready for algebra. During my 14 years of teaching high school math/science at a private school, where all teaching was one on one, I had some middle schoolers and everything from 7th grade through calculus.
I taught geometry every year during my 14 years of teaching at a private school in Woodinville. All Geometry teaching was one on one at the school. I retired in June of 2011.
During college I took the GRE and also professional engineering (Pennsylvania engineer in training) exams and have taught/tutored students in various exams while here in the Seattle area since 1995.
I have helped prepare students for many standard tests containing math or sciences (SAT, PSAT, GRE, ACT...) both while teaching (14 years) and as a tutor since retiring (two years). I emphasize students must be fast and accurate to achieve high scores. I help students improve their skills, learn quicker and more accurate ways to solve problems,x when to skip a problem, and how to check answers.
I taught Physics every year during my 14 years teaching one on one until my retirement in June 2011.
I taught pre-algebra students during many of my 14 years of teaching at a private high school in Woodinville. All math teaching was one on one, very much like tutoring. The secret to good math, is understanding the basic skills. Finding ways to make this more understandable for students, and even humor helps greatly.
I taught Precalculus students almost every year during my 14 years at a private school in Woodinville. All teaching was one on one. Precalculus is an important step between Algebra II and Trigonometry and Calculus. The students refine their understanding of Algebra and Trigonometry and learn how to solve more complicated problems in preparation for Calculus. A good understanding of these courses is absolutely essential for success in Calculus.
During my years of schooling I had probability incorporated into my math/science courses at all levels. While teaching I also had probability chapters or lessons in many of my math courses. It can be a very enjoyable lesson as it deals with the probability of all kinds of events from flipping coins, rolling die, drawing cards, gender of births, seeing a certain brand of car.....
While teaching students one on one for over 14 years at a private school in Woodinville, I often incorporated test prep, such as PSAT, into the course material. This would be done at the student/parents request and use standard prep books commonly found at bookstores.
The students would complete as many of the prep problems as they could on their own and then we would go over the proper procedures necessary to solve the problems that they couldn't complete.
During my 14 years of teaching high school math/science one on one in a private school, I taught SAT prep to any student requesting it. SAT math prep is basically a review of Alg.I, Geometry, and Alg.II/with Trig. Additional themes are showing students how to work quickly, prioritize work to save time, and navigate deceptive/confusing questions.
I taught Trigonometry as part of my Alg.II courses all 14 years during my teaching one on one until my retirement in June 2011.