I am a passionate educator with a specialization in mathematics, committed to unlocking the secrets of this powerful science for students of all ages and levels. I bring to the table over three decades of hands-on teaching and tutoring experience, during which I've fine-tuned a unique, personalized teaching methodology that helps demystify complex mathematical concepts.
As a certified teacher holding a master's degree in mathematics, I have dedicated my life to the world of numbers, figures, and equations since my college days. I believe in the power of understanding over memorization, and this ethos has guided my teaching approach throughout my career. From kindergarten to college-level courses - whether it's Calculus 3, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, or Statistics - my aim is always to build strong mathematical foundations while fostering a genuine appreciation for the subject.
I am not just your typical math tutor; I am a fervent advocate for the beautiful language of mathematics, always finding joy in illuminating the fascinating ways it integrates into our everyday lives. I am here to help you elevate your mathematical proficiency, develop problem-solving skills, and boost your confidence in tackling mathematical challenges.
For us to embark on this journey, I offer a free assessment that will allow us to identify your current math level. With this knowledge, I can tailor my approach to suit your needs, addressing gaps and reinforcing strengths.
If you're ready to transform your mathematical understanding, I would be delighted to engage in a discussion about how I can help enhance your skills. Together, we can navigate the intriguing world of mathematics. Looking forward to our mathematical adventure together.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I talk with the parents first then the student. I have to ascertain what the parents want before I talk with the student. I then give the student an assessment to find out where they are and to figure out the program I am going to use to get student where they need to be.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a BA in pure mathematics. I am one class away from my masters in mathematics. I have a Professional Teaching Certificate from the State of Michigan. I have worked with Project SEED and learned Socratic Teaching. I have also worked with Math Corps. I have learned also how to use what I have been teaching or tutoring mathematics for 30+ years. I have also been coaching and teaching chess for just as long. I am also a Detroit Firefighter and have taught or tutored math at every firehouse I have been at. I have even taught and tutored at the students that lived aroung the firehouse.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I charge $60 per hour on average. However I have group rates and many programs.
How did you get started teaching?
I did not want to teach. I wanted to get a PhD in mathematics. However, I needed money and had a family to take care of. I became a teacher since that is what i did all the time with the all of the people I knew. I taught or tutored math and chess.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with all types. 1st grade to 12th grade of course. I have also worked with college students and tutored engineering students in every college I have visited.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I have many. I have done this for a long time. I met a student named D. Miller while I was at Denby. I have never seen anyone as gifted as he was in Mathematics. He was in trouble alot but always had time for mathematics. I lost him after his grandmother passed (his anchor). I was told, he was in trouble again with the authorities. He will never be forgotten.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Be prepared for hard work.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What they want and where they want to be.