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FAST FACTS

Academics/Credentials:
Masters of Science, Engineering; Arizona
State University. 
Years Tutoring: 20

Grades: Junior HighCollege

Subjects: Math, Science

Specialties: Math, Alegra, Geometry, Precalculus, Statistics, Chemistry, and Physics

Favorite Niche: Physics. Teaching high school students.

Tutoring Style: Enlightening, helpful, encouraging.

Best Part of My Day: Empowering students with the knowledge to solve difficult problems.

Personal Passions: Hiking (Tahoe Rim Trail and Point Reyes National Seashore are two favorites). Reading SciFi (favorite author is Arthur C. Clarke). Playing piano (mostly Classical and New Age).
The Greater the Challenge, the Greater the Reward
Math and science are a struggle for many students, because they don’t understand the core concepts. I help by filling in the gaps for increased understanding but encourage students to figure out concepts for themselves.
Mathematics is traditionally taught without enough emphasis on realworld applications. For example, I didn’t become interested in math until I studied electronics and realized it’s the basis for all modern science and engineering. That made studying math a lot more interesting!
Similarly, I like helping students understand how Physics connects to modernday society (e.g., television, computers, domestic appliances, nuclear weapons...). Physics is an exciting subject to teach, because it explains how the universe works.
I especially enjoy tutoring high school students, because that’s typically when teens start focusing on career choices. I like encouraging them to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). These are the fields that will significantly influence the future of humanity.
Learning upperlevel math is similar to learning a difficult foreign language, like Russian. It requires a high level of effort for most people. My goal is to empower students with confidence to solve difficult problems. It’s very rewarding to help students pass a difficult course, like Calculus or Physics. The greater the challenge, the greater the rewardfor them and me.