I have a unique background in that my childhood conditions quite rarely produce a pure math researcher. However, a couple of great educators and my own drive saw me through those challenges and have shaped me into a very understanding, eclectic and goal driven educator. I have a PhD in mathematics from the University of North Texas and I tutor grades 7-College.
I am very patient and creative with struggling students. I like to pose many questions of varying difficulty to ensure as best I can that the student is engaged. I also like to keep up to date with their current tests and such so as to pin down issues not revealed in our sessions.
I once had a very distressed emotional student come into the tutoring center I worked at in Texas (UNT). Some of my coworkers seemed apprehensive of attempting to work with him. I decided to try my hand and I had a great experience. I calmed him down (which was very difficult as he could hardly sit still or form sentences given his stress level) and helped him settle and even carefully explain his issues with math and even a couple personal issues he was struggling with. He thanked me very warmly when leaving and I really enjoyed giving him some relief and hope while also blasting his Precalculus homework along side him.
Since childhood I have loved music, I used to listen to my Lion King tape over and over at night as a 6 or 7 year old. Programming and websites are a more recent passion of mine. I also jog and watch detective shows/movies.