I have been teaching for close to 20 years. Math has always been my favorite and I love to help others see that they can do this! During after school time, I would often tutor students in math. Both of my own daughters became teachers and they have continued the tradition of loving math and tutoring students in it.
I love teaching, especially math, because of that light bulb moment. I started out teaching elementary. Thinking that I wanted to take my passion to secondary, I completed my math credential/license so that I could have the chance to focus on this subject. Many students have come back and thanked me for helping them to love math. That is so important to me. One parent told me that her daughter woke up one morning and out of the blue said, "I love math!" She's in middle school and knocking it out of the park.
Tiffany Koontz was just amazing with my son. She just knew how to explain the subject in a way that he could understand. If whatcshe was saying wasn’t working she figured out another way to explain the problem and is always very patient and nurturing with him. She knew how to calm him if he was frustrated.
I like to find out what they know, their thoughts on math and why they feel that way, and then look for strengths we can build on.
I have taught elementary for nearly 20 years and during that time have tutored students from elementary school through Algebra II. That kept me current. I took two review courses to take the test required me to show content knowledge through Algebra II and added a math credential/license to my multiple subject/elementary credential/license.
I actually never had teaching on my radar. I went to five elementary schools by February of my fifth grade year. I was very introverted. I had my children, worked in their classrooms, and my eldest's first grade teacher asked me if I ever thought about being a teacher and of course my answer was no, but I enjoyed working with kids in the classroom. I decided to do substitute teaching and went back to college where I received my credential and Master's degree. I started teaching in a job-share for a couple years and subbed, then was hired full-time and the rest is history. I truly enjoy spending time with students helping them to achieve what they never thought they could.
I have worked with the following students:
*ones with IEPs
*ones with 504 plans
*gifted and talented
* English Learners
I recently moved from where I had been for the past 39 years (After the last move in fifth grade) to a new state, teaching a new subject area, and loving it! Change is hard, especially after all the moves at a young age, but this felt right.
You need to find someone you can click with who knows different ways to get the curriculum across. If you don't have that, you may not be able to achieve what you are trying to accomplish.