EducationI 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.
ExperienceFor 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 understood…and from then on, math was easy for me. And now math is going to get easier for you, too.
HobbiesMy 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.
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