After an exciting 25-year math teaching career that included two national teacher awards and letters of commendation from Congressional, Senate leaders and the Governor of California, my students and parents urged me to tutor the younger siblings of former students and friends of students. Unskilled in advertising, the community of parents and students became my benefactors. During my career, I was also selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate among a select group of teachers in the US. Retirement allows me to continue to help make the world a better place--but without creating and grading papers!
I attended U.C Berkeley on a full scholarship originally as a math major, graduating with a degree in Psychology after becoming enamored with statistics and applied math for scientific study. In the middle of my career, I pursued a masters in math at S.F. State, with a focus on chaotic dynamical systems, complex analysis and number theory, and how such advanced topics might parlay in K12 classroom curriculum.
At every level of math, my lessons are a fun way for students to learn classroom math that has exciting applications in real world phenomena. Students develop the intrinsic joy of abstract thinking for its own sake. Classroom examples are used to "make sense" of math concepts (to prepare students for actual exams) but also to extend such concepts into deeper waters. This allows students to see "the language of the universe" as hilarious and ironic at times!