I am a certified math teacher with 12 years of classroom experience. I believe that one can do things well only if there is passion involved. I am not just a math expert, I am also a "math artist." I teach the beauty and "ordinary magic" in math. I am very familiar with New York State's math curriculum. I have also been tutoring students for standardized tests for 15 years and am totally familiar with changes in the new SAT. My "Zen Math" approach emphasizes simplicity, which is achieved through deep understanding and insight. It is a very creative and fun way to do math.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I interview both the parents and the student. The first session is a diagnostic test in which I identify the strengths and weaknesses of the student.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
12 years of classroom experience.
Certified in NY State
Master of Teaching degree from Iona College
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
$100/hr.; discount available if there is more than 20 sessions involved.
How did you get started teaching?
I was a Wall Street banker for 20 years. After Enron's collapse, I returned to college to get a teaching degree. I love both banking and teaching. Both are intellectually challenging.
What types of students have you worked with?
I had students of all kinds. Many of them attend independent schools and are from affluent families. But I also work with students from low-income families through New York State's STEP program.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
An ex-student came to my classroom to report how well she was doing in school. I once told her that I was proud of her.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Teaching is a two-way street. Knowledge has to be earned through self-effort. But having a good guide is a tremendous help.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What I have been successful in the past?
What I have been having difficulties with, and why?
What do I need to improve on?