Educator

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Over twenty years of experience as a consultant, teacher, tutor, and administer. Strong belief in the constructivist (experiential) approach to learning and teaching.

Courses Taught and Tutored...
Science
Honors Physics
Conceptual Physics
Physics for Architecture
Math of Motion – a Physics Course
Health
Computer Science
Advanced Topics in Computing
AP Computer Science
Computer Literacy
Math
Advanced Topics in Math (post Calculus)
Pre-Calculus & Calculus
Geometry & Geometry Using Euclid's Text
Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II
Data Modeling & Computer Aided Math
Probability and Statistics

Educational Consultant, 2010 - Present
I have an ongoing series of projects and clients. Examples include tutoring individual students in Math and Physics as well as consulting to corporations working in education:

.........Tutor, Independent and Public Schools, 2013 - Present
I tutor all levels of high school math and physics. I work with students in person and via Skype. I place a strong emphasis on meeting students "where they are" and building a strong rapport. In addition, I use a variety of software such as Mathematica to demonstrate concepts in 2D and 3D graphs.

.........Agile Mind, Instructional Consultant, 2014 - 2015
Agile Mind offers programs for Middle School and High School that include comprehensive curriculum, formative assessment, job-embedded professional supports, student practice, and real-time data and reports. On a weekly basis, I visited teachers and administrators at their schools. I supported and coached them in the successful implementation of Agile Mind as well as in their transition to the Common Core. This work included classroom observations, video clips, role playing, written and verbal reviews, and exercises to shift towards more effective teaching. In addition, I led three-day workshops which prepared the teachers for the new school year and the new curriculum they would be teaching

.........Solvy, Curriculum Consultant, 2014
Solvy is an online math assistant. The product was developed by Mathematicians from England and Russia with an eye towards the American school system. I reviewed and improved materials to align them with common teaching practices in the United States.

.........Many Labs, Content Consultant, 2012-2013
Manylabs is an open science platform. They make and support open tools for science and education. I collaborated with them to review and improve their product from a pedagogical perspective.

.........Wolfram Research, Common Core Consultant, 2012
Curated over 4000 Mathematica demonstrations and aligned them with the common core k-12 standards.
Developed a demonstration & video to establish the viability of Mathematica inside of LearnZillion.

Catlin Gabel School, Math Teacher, Soccer Coach, Advisor 2005 - 2011
Taught all high school grades with a focus on Geometry. I was especially successful teaching Geometry using Euclid's original text in a Socratic style. Students learned all 48 propositions of Book I of The Elements rigorously but also learned to think about mathematics philosophically - "Is math invented or discovered?" "Does a perfect circle exist." I am quite adept at making my classroom an engaging and comfortable environment for learners of all levels.

Bienestar / Catlin Gabel, Founder of Homework Club, 2007 - 2010
In collaboration with Bienestar, I founded Homework Club, a mentoring program for the children of migrant farmworkers. Twice a week, high-school students tutor elementary kids with in all academic areas. Homework Club is an ongoing success with the young students excelling in school and the older students gaining leadership skills and self-esteem.

Portland Jewish Academy, Physics & Math Teacher, 2004 - 2005
Founding faculty member of the high school. Developed and taught conceptual physics using experiment based curriculum. Designed and taught four year sequence for mathematics which utilized a spiraling and experiential approach.

Independent Math & Physics Tutor - Numerous Portland Area Schools, 2001 – 2004
Taught and tutored all levels of math and physics throughout the Portland Metropolitan area.

Castilleja School - Math & Honors Physics Teacher, 2000 - 2001
Teacher of math and honors physics at this highly academic college prep school in Palo Alto. Classes utilized socratic seminars and an experiential approach.

San Francisco University High School - AP Computer Science, 1999 - 2000
Taught AP Computer Science to a small group of highly motivated and capable students.

The Urban School & Crystal Springs Uplands - Math Teacher, Director of Technology, Coach, Advisor 1993 - 1999
Taught variety of math courses from Algebra II to Advanced Topics (a post-calculus class). All courses emphasized committment to experiencial learning in small groups. All my classes made effective use of computer technology. Taught computer skills, Pre-Algebra, AP Computer Science, and Advanced Topics in Math.

The San Francisco School - Algebra Teacher, 1991 - 1993
Teacher of Algebra for talented middle school students. Class emphasis was on the development of solid skills in Algebra with particular concentration on real world problem solving.

California College of Arts and Crafts - Physics Teacher, 1992
Instructor of college physics for architecture students. A conceptual approach to first semester physics was used to develop a basic understanding of real world problems.