I wasn’t always good at math. When I was in 8th grade, my dad used to try to help me with my Algebra homework. I had no clue what an x and y axis were and why we were trying to graph anything anyway. My dad, who once earned a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT, couldn’t help getting frustrated when I didn’t understand what he was talking about.
I stopped asking my dad for help and it turned out that I was pretty good at memorizing things and figuring out problems even when I didn’t really know how to do them. That got me through AP Calculus and into college, where I kept taking math classes because they were more fun than my other classes. During my third year at Western Washington University, I realized that I didn’t actually want to major in mathematics. I decided to apply to the Civil Engineering program at the University of Washington and received my Bachelors of Science two years later.
During my summer breaks from UW, I worked at a boarding school in Bethel, Maine as a mathematics teaching assistant. It was there that I first experienced the joy of helping students understand mathematics. I went ahead with my engineering career, but teaching was always in the back of my mind. In 2001, I enrolled in Western Washington University’s Masters of Education program and was on my way to my first career change.
My first teaching job was as a 7th grade math teacher at West View K-8 Elementary School in the Burlington School District on a leave replacement contract. After West View, I was hired by the Ferndale School District to teach at Vista Middle School. I taught there for seven years until the birth of my son in 2010. I went back to teaching at Ferndale High School in 2012 and taught there for the next four years. In 2016, I decided to leave the classroom and to start helping students in a way that I was never able to do as a classroom teacher.
My students range in age from 2nd grade to college students. I now meet with all my students online, and offer group tutoring as well as individual sessions.
I hope that I can be of help to you, or to anyone you know who wants to have fun doing math again! Find my rates and availability here. Contact me to set up an appointment or register below for online group classes!