Q. How do you like to spend your free time? Or what do you wish you had more time to do?
A. Anything outdoors related. We have started and are maintaining a small homestead farm in which we have a garden, fruit trees, and some animals. We are constantly clearing, building and expanding. I love to camp, fish, and hunt.
Q. Briefly describe your education and years of experience that qualify you to tutor your subject.
A. I am a graduate of Geneva College with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I took science courses at the University of Maryland and received my Masters Degree from Liberty University. I enjoy successfully tutoring students in the sciences, and I have especially enjoyed success working with students from various backgrounds. I have been a professional educator for 22 years, and one of my favorite things about working with students is creating tailor-made programs that focus on an individual’s educational strengths. I especially like working with students in helping them prepare for their college entrance and standardized tests, while helping them achieve success through increased scores. Science is for the curious, and I love the curiosities of the world around us, and sharing those curiosities with my students. When not working with students you will find me outside learning about, and from the world around me.
Q. Why do you want to be a tutor/what do you enjoy most about working with students?
A. Tutoring gives me the opportunity to work one-on-one with students and I really enjoy being able to form the type of bond with students from that type of interaction. I enjoy being able to tailor the process to the specific needs and learning styles of each student.
Q. Describe a formative educational experience OR who was your favorite teacher and why.
A. My favorite professor in college was Dr. Calvin Freeman. He went by “Doc” with most of the students. I had him for Anatomy and Embryology. I also worked as his TA for Anatomy, and I worked as his TA for Embryology. He was great because he didn’t spend a lot of time lecturing his students, but rather gave us reading assignments and then would randomly call students up to teach the material. It was the most nerve-wracking and stressful course I was in, but by the end, I realized that I knew the material inside and out because I was constantly preparing to teach it.
Q. What is the next Professional Development training/course you would like to do/take?
A. I am interested in learning about educational psychology.
Q What is on your career “bucket list?”
A. I have long considered pursuing a terminal degree (possibly a PhD
Q. What truly inspires you?
A. My Christian faith and serving the church
Q. What’s one unusual thing about you that not many people know?
A. My family and I spent almost five years living and working in Alaska. We know what -45 degrees F feels like.