#### Education

I graduated with a B.S. in mathematics in 2006 with a GPA of 3.6 (magna cum laude) from Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA. Since I double-majored, I also have a degree in computer science from Fitchburg State University from the same year.I also obtained an A.A.S. degree in Information Systems Technology (databases and programming) from Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, VA in 2014.

#### Experience

For the last 23 years, it has been so fulfilling to tutor over 1,000 students of all ages in all areas of math, as well as college writing, adult literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL). I tutored for 5 years at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, MA, for 4 years at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA and for the past 5 years at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, VA and have tutored independently for nearly the last quarter-century. I love tutoring more every year I do it. I am easy-going and take sessions at a relaxed and comfortable pace so students don't feel nervous and pressured. I joke around a little bit and get to know the student and build rapport before just jumping in and getting serious about the math. But there's plenty of time to get things done. If you watch me closely during our sessions, you can see me paying keen attention to you and how you learn best. For example, you might say, "It LOOKS like they want me to factor here." And I'll think, "Aha! LOOKS. Maybe you're a visual learner. On the other hand, you might say, "It SOUNDS like they want me to factor here." And I'll think, "Aha! SOUNDS. Maybe you're an auditory learner and like to hear things said and explained clearly and specifically. Or maybe you'll say, "I FEEL like they want me to factor here" (as you tap the problem with your pencil). And I'll think, "Aha! FEEL. Maybe you need to jump in and work a problem or two together step-by-step and discover the PATTERN of what's going on and pick up the FEEL of it. I understand what it feels like not to understand a subject very well. I wasn't good at math in high school. It wasn't until college that I got a really outstanding teacher who knew how to teach so that everyone who came to class and did their homework understoodâ€¦and from then on, math was easy for me. And now math is going to get easier for you, too.#### Hobbies

My family comes first. There's a lot of love in my family, and we'll spend any amount of time driving to see each other. My mom, a teacher, died in June 2017 and was one of my best friends and mentors in life. Dad, a Vietnam Vet and career military man and also one of my best friends and mentors in life, taught me how to teach with respect and gentleness so people will listen. My little sister (age 41) is a teacher as well and gets the best reading scores in the county where she teaches in the Atlanta, GA area where Dad and Mimi live nearby each other.My cat, Arnold, is 17 but is young and active at heart. He is super-friendly and loves people and thinks he's a dog. I have always owned dogs since boyhood, but Arnold was abandoned and looking pretty scruffy and came up and started petting me one day and I just had to give him a home. He lets me give him a bath and cut his nails without so much as even a meow, which is unusual for a cat.

My hobbies are trying new food, collecting movies and music, reading, walking, and watching the Boston Red Sox.

#### Preferred Subjects

10th Grade math, 10th Grade Writing, 11th Grade math, 11th Grade Writing, 12th Grade math, 12th Grade Writing, 10th Grade Reading, 11th Grade Reading, 12th Grade Reading, 1st Grade math, 1st Grade Reading, 2nd Grade math, 2nd Grade Reading, 3rd Grade math, 3rd Grade Reading, 4th Grade math, 4th Grade Reading, 5th Grade math, 5th Grade Reading, 6th Grade math, 6th Grade Reading, 6th Grade Writing, 7th Grade math, 7th Grade Reading, 7th Grade Writing, 8th Grade math, 8th Grade Reading, 8th Grade Writing, 9th Grade math, 9th Grade Reading, 9th Grade Writing, ACT Math, ADD, ADHD, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Algebra 3/4, Algorithms, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science, AP French, AP French Language and Culture, AP German Language and Culture, AP Spanish Language, Applied Mathematics, Arithmetic, ASVAB, Calculus 1, CLEP Calculus, CLEP College Algebra, CLEP College Mathematics, CLEP French, CLEP German, CLEP Precalculus, CLEP Spanish, College Algebra, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Skills, Creative Writing, Data Structures, Developmental Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Elementary Math, English, Essay Editing, Expository Writing, Finite Mathematics, Foreign Language, French, French 1, French 1, French 2, French 3, General Chemistry, Geometry, German, German 1, German 1, German 2, German 3, Grammar and Mechanics, Homeschool, Intermediate Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Math, Math, Mathematical Foundations for Computer Science, Middle School Math, Other, Other, Persuasive Writing, Pre-Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Programming, SAT, SAT Math, SAT Mathematics, SAT Subject Test in French, SAT Subject Test in French with Listening, SAT Subject Test in German, SAT Subject Test in German with Listening, SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1, SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2, SAT Subject Test in Spanish, SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening, Software, Spanish, Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, Study Skills, Study Skills And Organization, Summer Tutoring, Technical Writing, Test Prep, Trigonometry, Vocabulary, Writing

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