Basic Math

Erika D

Erika D

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Ever since I can remember, I loved math. I grew up in the Phoenix area with an intrinsic desire to share my love for numbers with others. In 2013, following my life-long passion, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Dallas. Currently, I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at Arizona State University, where I also have taught conceptually-oriented pre-calculus and calculus courses. Eventually, I hope to be a college professor, teaching mathematics and mathematics education courses. Over the years, I have found different ways to spread my love for teaching math, with over eight years of private tutoring experience in a variety of mathematics courses, as well as teaching Algebra II/Trig courses at Chandler Preparatory Academy. When I’m not in the classroom or library, I coach a middle school MathCounts competition team at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Tempe. Recently, I have joined other local educators in directing a STEM and College-readiness summer camp to reach underserved populations in the Valley. I love sharing my passion for mathematics with students and working with them to develop a conceptual understanding of the topics that they are studying. I firmly believe a conceptual basis equips students with the ability to solve a wide variety of problems and the confidence they need to persevere and succeed. I offer tutoring services to middle and high school students in all areas of mathematics.

 

 

Kristina M

Kristina M

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Kristina graduated cum laude from Holy Names University in 2012, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development.  Upon graduation, Kristina taught early childhood education.  In 2015, Kristina earned a Master of Education degree in Special Education, an endorsement in Structured English Immersion and teaching certification in both Elementary Education and Cross-Categorical Special Education from Arizona State University. She graduated with memberships in Kappa Delta Pi, the National Education Association and the Nation Association of Science Teachers. After graduation, Kristina taught in a fourth-grade general education classroom where she taught using Singapore Math. Now, she runs the special education department as the Special Education Coordinator at a 7th-12th-grade college prep arts school in Phoenix. She offers support for elementary and middle school students in the following areas: general homework and organization support, basic math, reading, and writing. She also offers support for high school English and organizational skills.

 

 
 

Paige W

Paige W

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I teach to empower.  Studying International Development at Tulane University, I learned that education is the cornerstone of all progress—healthcare, civil rights, environmentalism, and the like advance hand-in-hand with knowledgeability of the populace.  For that reason, I decided to go into education.  Well, that and the fact that kids are hilarious; high impact plus good company makes for an easy career choice!  In addition to International Development, I studied Spanish and Psychology at Tulane.  Upon earning my Bachelor of the Arts degree in 2012, I moved right out to Arizona.  Two years later, I graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Education degree.  Since that time, I’ve enjoyed teaching special education in the valley with students in grades K-8.  I’m thrilled to be part of the Focus Tutors team, and I look forward to sharing my passion and expertise in: organization and time management, study strategies, ADD/ADHD coaching, executive functioning support, test-taking skills, Spanish, and elementary & middle school mathematics, reading, writing, spelling, and grammar.

 

 

 
 

Sara P

Sara P

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For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a teacher  (it even said so in my 2nd grade yearbook!). At the same time I had a creative itch to work in the advertising industry. So I had to try both!  I earned my Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and Spanish from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. I worked as project manager at a healthcare advertising agency for a short time. Everyday there was a part of me that felt unfulfilled. I knew that void would change when I became a teacher. In the fall of 2013, I began my career as an educator at Alphonsus Academy in Chicago, IL.  It was there I fell in love with teaching primary grades. During my time at Alphonsus I tutored students in grades K-4, and led after school enrichment programs. While working, I also pursued my Masters of Education degree in Elementary Education from DePaul University graduating with distinction in 2015. Changing careers is without a doubt the best decision I’ve ever made.

When an opportunity fell into my lap to call Arizona “home”, I had to take it! I teach 2nd grade at a local Title 1 school. I focus on building meaningful relationships, differentiating instruction, and providing my students with choices when demonstrating understanding or mastery of a concept. A lifelong learner myself, I have attended a variety of professional development opportunities to enrich my teaching experience and practices. I am certified in Orton Gillingham (a reading intervention program), Handwriting Without Tears, On Cloud Nine (a math program focused on visualization and building number sense), Positive Discipline, and Responsive Classroom. I am eager to share my love for learning and myriad of experiences with more students through Focus Tutors.

 

Nelofar S

Nelofar S

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I did not grow up knowing I was going to be a teacher, though it has always been the core of my personality. Since becoming a teacher I have come to understand that teaching is a responsibility as much as it is a joy. Education transformed the lives of my parents and subsequently, the lives of my siblings and me. A good education is the most viable pathway to a good life, one where an individual cannot only support themselves and those they love, but one where an individual can seek answers to those questions that bring happiness and fulfillment. For this reason and many more, I have pursued an education that satisfies my interests and curiosities. After completing Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy (with a minor in Biology) at The University of Arizona, I moved to Phoenix and began working as a science and math teacher for Great Heart Academies. Teaching mathematics became my passion and ambition and the following year I began teaching mathematics full-time. Since then I have worked hard to hone my craft through my work in the classroom, tutoring one-on-one and by pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Arizona State University. My goal is to bring a passion for mathematics to every student I encounter. I aim to encourage their love of mathematics if it is already there and more importantly, to convince and inspire a student that they are capable of achieving what they think they cannot. I offer tutoring services to middle and high school students in mathematics and science, as well as test preparation.