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Herbert B.

Tacoma, WA

$35/hour

Certified Math and Science Teacher

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$35/Hour


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University of Washington
Physics
Seattle Central Community College
Other
Highline
Other

Education

University of Washington (Physics)

Seattle Central Community College (Other)

Highline (Other)

About Herbert

I have loved teaching math and science my whole life. When my wife went back to college for her Bachelor of Science, I went with her and we took biology, including anatomy and physiology together. I love to integrate the learning materials with real life experience and problem solving such as how to build low cost housing, make a working robot or even repair a computer. All of the jobs that pay a living wage today require math and it does not have to be dry.

I am a retired teacher with two grown boys and three grandchildren. Teaching runs in the family. My daughter-in-law is a math teacher and my son is on the Seattle School Board. When I first retired, I happily returned to teaching as a substitute. I am used to being thrown into a new situation and quickly figuring where all my students are and teaching from there.

Often, I find that kids are behind in school because they are bored. One time, when a middle school class had finished their work ahead of time, I decided to teach them about something called imaginary numbers – a subject taught in high school Algebra II. To their surprise, they all learned it in half the time expected. Students are often able to do more than they think if I teach it in a way that is accessible to them.

I am very good at finding the areas where students are having problems and tailoring my lessons accordingly. During my three years teaching in Tacoma, I had at least one small class dedicated to preparing students for the state mathematics test. (At that time, it was the WASL).

I watched an autistic student struggling with math for an afternoon and figured out that he was processing mathematics with the language part of his brain. His parents were so grateful because they had taken him to many specialists and no one had been able to diagnose the problem. I look at each student as an individual and do not assume I know why he or she are having trouble. I watch them do their work until we find the glitch.

I love science of all kinds. I graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Physics and a minor in Psychology. I continued for a fifth year and received a teaching certificate endorsed in Physics, Mathematics, and Psychology. In the years since, I have taken additional classes in Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and the Earth Sciences from area Colleges and Universities. I went back to school when my wife was taking Biology and A&P. She had never done very well in math but we worked together and got her through with an A- in her math classes.

So, if you have trouble or are bored with math or science, give me a call. I know we can uncover the roadblocks and get you sweeping right through your math and science subjects.
I have loved teaching math and science my whole life. When my wife went back to college for her Bachelor of Science, I went with her and we took biology, including anatomy and physiology together. I love to integrate the learning materials with real life experience and problem solving such as how to build low cost housing, make a working robot or Read more

Policies
Cancellation
16 hours notice required

An extra 30-60 minutes precede the first lesson to provide time for the evaluation of the student's lessons and where they are having troubles. There is no charge for this extra time.

Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Tacoma, WA 98405
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary Math,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
Biology, Physical Science,
Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB, Common Core, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

I graduated from the U.W. with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a teaching certificate endorsed in Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. Over the years, I have taught high school Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Physics, Biology, and every type of middle school Math and Science.
Algebra consists of a series of simple concepts built one upon another. Like climbing a ladder, of you miss one rung (concept) you will fall or at least be struggling to hang on. Several of my recent teaching assignments were specifically aimed at remedial mathematics instruction. In doing so, I developed the skills needed to identify which concepts were missed and how to best reteach them.
For some students the problem is just that the student does not learn in quite the same way their teacher teaches. One-on-one teaching allows me to understand how a given student learns and modify my instruction methods to match.
Math is fun when you understand what is going on. I can get you back on track.

Algebra 2

I have taught high school Algebra 2.

Elementary Math

I graduated from the U.W. with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, minor in Psychology, and a teaching certificate endorsed in Mathematics, grades 4-12, Physics, and Psychology.
I have never taught full time in the elementary grades. However, my recent teaching has involve teaching in middle school special education classes. Many of these students are at elementary level and some are even below. Additionally, I have taught regular sixth grade students who were doing so poorly in math that they had to be tutored in the basic skills that they missed in elementary school.
My experience is that many students who are struggling with mathematics are doing so because they failed to fully understand a previously taught concept. One-on-one teaching allows me to understand how a student learns and modify my teaching methods to match their learning style.

Geometry

I graduated from the U.W. with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a teaching certificate endorsed in Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. In the years since, I have taken additional classes in Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and the Earth Sciences.

Over the years, I have taught high school Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Physics, Biology, and remedial Mathematics. In middle schools, I have taught about every type of Math and Science. After my retirement, I continued teaching as a substitute where I have taught about everything offered in middle and high school.

It has been my experience that many students who are struggling with Geometry are doing so because they failed to fully understand the material taught in previous math classes. I can usually diagnose what concepts were missed and reteach or explain them so the student can progress in a normal fashion.

Physical Science

I have taught Physical Science in a Middle School and in the district’s Summer School.

Physics

I graduated from the U.W. with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, minor in Psychology, and a teaching certificate endorsed in Physics, Mathematics, and Psychology. In the years since, I have taken additional classes in Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and the Earth Sciences.
Over the years, I have taught; high school Physics, Physical Science, Biology, every type of Middle School Science, and about every level of secondary Mathematics. However, my first love is Physics and I tutor it whenever possible.

Prealgebra

I graduated from the U.W. with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a teaching certificate endorsed in Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. Over the years, I have taught high school Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Physics, Biology, and every type of middle school Math and Science.
Some of my most recent teaching assignments were specifically aimed at remedial mathematics instruction at the pre-algebra level. In doing so, I developed a set of tests to identify which concepts were missed and an extensive set of worksheets to reteach them. However, teaching is more than a set of worksheets; it is how the teacher explains the material to the student. One-on-one teaching allows me to understand how a given student learns and modify my instruction methods to match.
Math is fun when you understand what is going on. I can get you back on track.

University of Washington
Physics
Seattle Central Community College
Other
Highline
Other

Education

University of Washington (Physics)

Seattle Central Community College (Other)

Highline (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 16 hours notice required

An extra 30-60 minutes precede the first lesson to provide time for the evaluation of the student's lessons and where they are having troubles. There is no charge for this extra time.

Travel policy

Herbert will travel within 12 miles of Tacoma, WA 98405.