I graduated with a Master’s in Mathematics, with an emphasis in Statistics from Purdue University. In my spare time, this Midwesterner enjoys soccer and improv. Originally, I started improv to improve my public-speaking skills, but the hobby has now become a fulfilling way for me to relax after a day in LA traffic. However, I’d have to say my number-one passion aside from abstract algebra is writing.
My Teaching Experience
For over a decade, I have been tutoring individuals of all levels—working in college math-tutoring centers, tutoring math independently from elementary through college-level abstract mathematics—including standardized-test prep—and working as a teaching assistant (teaching recitation, holding office hours, and administering exams). After teaching to classes of 70+ students, I view one-on-one tutoring as the most effective means to help a student catch up, advance, and build confidence.
My Teaching Style
Although memorization is at times necessary for math, many formulas may be derived quickly with a stronger understanding of the material. A lot of abstract math is explaining how algebra, geometry, and calculus work, so my grad-level mathematics courses give me an advantage in teaching. My goal is to help students understand how and why the applied math is working, to help them better retain the material in the long run. The most rewarding experience to me is seeing a student’s joy in realizing he or she does understand the material and has the confidence in his, her, or their own abilities: that “Aha!” moment.
University of New Mexico
B.S. in Pure Mathematics
M.S. in Mathematics