I have helped students pass courses and standardized tests for the past 10 years, tutoring suburban private middle school students, urban public high school students, Ivy League college students, and everyone in between. I have been teaching middle and high school math and science full-time for 9 years, and before grad school, I taught in Bolivia as a Peace Corps Volunteer. If you are concerned about passing a test or a course in any of the following subjects, or would just like some extra ... [more]
While tutoring and teaching math and science for over 9 years, I have tutored students in a range of math subjects, including Algebra 1.
I have been tutoring students in a range of math subjects, including Algebra 2 for over 9 years. For the past two years, I have been teaching a math enrichment class.
I have been teaching Biology and related Life Sciences for most of the past 9 years, mainly high school Biology, but also college Field Biology (at Cornell University) and AP Environmental Science. I have also taught other related Life Sciences, including creating and teaching courses in Genetics, Bioethics, Ornithology and Ecology.
I've taught Chemistry 1-on-1 at Tilden Prep, and have tutored students in it for several years.
I taught HS Geometry at Tilden Prep, and have been tutoring students in it for years, helping them visualize the simple beauty of spatial relationships, while navigating the peculiar vocabulary, skills, and concepts of the course.
I have been teaching a pre-algebra Math Enrichment course for the past two years, and have been tutoring middle and high school students in pre-algebra and other math and science subjects for the past 9 years.
I have tutored Spanish for much of the past 9 years. I have also worked as a court-appointed translator, a medical clinic translator, and have taught Bilingual Biology (in Spanish). I lived in 3 Spanish-speaking countries for a total of 4 years (including 2 years in the Peace Corps in Bolivia where I taught 3rd-8th grade science in Spanish, and another year doing Master's research in Costa Rica), and have led student travel in 3 Latin American countries. For 3 years, I taught in a 90% Latinx middle school in Richmond, CA, where almost all of my communications with parents were in Spanish, and where I often provided written and in-person translation for school administrators, counselors and special education teachers.
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As a full-time classroom teacher for 9 years, I have advised and/or mentored hundreds of students, helping them establish, maintain, and improve personalized systems that help them organize, prepare, and master their course work. I have taught study skills as a major component of test prep tutoring, and full-year test prep "Community" classes for my 6th-8th grade students, preparing them for the full suite of state-mandated STAR tests. I even taught a one-year elective "Academy" class on organization.
I have two degrees in Natural Resources (B.S. from University of Michigan, M.S. from Cornell University), and did my Master's Thesis on avian ecology in Costa Rica. I also worked on a project studying antbirds and army ants in the Peruvian Amazon, and volunteered for 7 years at the National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, spending almost all of that time tending to animals or explaining them to the general public. I also lead birding outings and other natural history field trips, and have guest lectured on birds and other animals.
I took the CBEST on 08/21/10 and achieved a total passing score of 217. Specific section scores include: Reading - Scaled Score: 77; Mathematics - Scaled Score: 65; Writing - Scaled Score: 75.
I teach Genetics every year as part of my Biology or Life Science classes, and have also included Genetics units in a Bioethics course I used to teach. I also taught a Genetics independent study course to a high school senior.
I have been teaching middle and high school math for the past 10 years, including various levels of pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, as well as other math classes (esp. trigonometry, geometry). I also teach various linear algebra skills and concepts in the science classes that I teach.
I have been using Mac desktops, laptops, and software for more than two decades, since even before they were called "Mac." I currently use a MacBook Pro for all of my professional, teaching, studies, and personal use, and have helped countless students learn how to use Mac software, including customizing and problem-solving.
In addition to teaching full-time 7th and 8th grade Life Science and Physical Science, I supplement my far-insufficient salary by working evenings and weekends as the Circulation Manager for Inquiring Mind Magazine. I manage their mailing list of 7,400 individual subscribers, plus group and international subscriber lists, using a series of Microsoft Access databases. I manage the databases, including creating new Access files, editing the existing ones, altering formats and views, generating reports, printing mailing lists and labels, etc.
I have been using Microsoft Windows since getting my first PC in 1990 with Windows 3.0. Since then, I have owned, used, and even managed and maintained work/school computers running Windows 95, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, and 7, and will be helping backstop tech support for the new computers running Windows 8 that were recently acquired by the school where I teach. Though my current personal computer is a Mac, I still use Windows almost daily at work and on my family's computers.