19+ years teaching high school mathematics (all levels: basic, college-prep. and honors) Experience tutoring high school, college (undergraduate & graduate), and adult learners in mathematics, SAT & GRE test prep., and engineering. Started own financial advisory firm in 2007, Silver Maple Financial, LLC, and am a licensed financial advisor. Strong interest in finances of individual investing: compound interest, dollar-cost averaging, mutual funds, investing for retirement, etc. Worked for IBM as a computer programmer during college and for 3 years after college, then tutored while going back to school to be an educator. Never looked back! Best move I ever made! :-)
Structured, detail-oriented, but also relaxed. I try to focus and highlight relevant details, but not get too uptight about ones that are less important. I see a sense of humor as an invaluable asset to teaching and learning. I try to acknowledge and teach to multiple intelligences as much as possible. I am always interested in learning new things and draw much of my passion for teaching from this desire. I like to try to spark this in others.
Participated on district Mathematics Curriculum Committee for 8 years from 1997-2005 Guided Class of 1999 as one of two Class Advisors from 1995-1999 Lifetime Honorary Member of Tri-M Music Honor Society (please see additional bio, below) Recognized "Cape Ann League Coach of the Year Award 1998" for Boys Varsity Tennis Senior Counselor, Massachusetts Association of Student Councils Leadership Camp, 1996-1998 SEARCH Group Leader; Led discussion groups for Advanced High School Students, 1994-1995 (speakers included Former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop and Holocaust Survivor, Sonia Weitz) Full Tuition Graduate Student Scholarships, merit-based, University of New Hampshire, 1993-1995 Perfect Score of 800 on Math Section of GRE (Graduate Record Exam) Member of Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society Received McDonnell Douglas Engineering Scholarships, merit-based, University of Michigan, 1987-1989 Perfect Score of 800 on Math Section of SAT Exam
Master of Education (interdisciplinary--technology) (2005) Cambridge College, Massachusetts Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education - Mathematics (1997) The University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering (1989) The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
My goal is to provide math teachers with resources they can use immediately to help them be successful with their students. I'm interested in listening to and playing music... I played in a jazz quartet with high school students (juniors) in high school, "Coffee House" performance in 2002, and in seasonal holiday concerts in the community with the high school jazz and concert bands. While in college, I was a member of the Washtenaw Community College Jazz Orchestra that played in Carnegie Hall in 1989.