I have been tutoring for well over 25 years; professionally since 2002. I have the best job in the world.
I am kind of a nerd.
I started tutoring in Junior High when other students in my science classes didn’t understand the material. Before long, I joined the math club so I could help younger students with their homework. I continued into High School where I tutored dozens of people and was the captain of the Quiz Team, co-captain of the Science Team, VP of the Math Club, and Valedictorian. I would love to tell you that I was super popular… but I’ll let you guess.
I went to college at Clemson University, where I studied Textile/Polymer Chemistry. In addition to 4 semesters of Calculus, 3 semesters of Physics, and 6 semesters of Chemistry, I took Polymer Synthesis classes through the Textiles Department. I worked as a Resident Assistant in my dorm, and received training in counseling, psychology, and conflict resolution. I also sang lead for a little coffee house band, which was one of my favorite things about college.
After graduation, I worked in industry for a while as a Process Chemist, but I missed working with – and helping – people. I went back to grad school because I wanted to teach.
In grad school I studied Polymer Chemistry and minored in Biochemistry. I completed all my coursework with a 3.8 GPA. As a TA, I taught undergraduate labs and had a blast doing it. Teaching was the best part of grad school. I was working on my Master’s Thesis (on piezoelectricity of spider silk polymer) when I got married and spent six months moving around the country with my new husband.
In the summer of 2002, we settled down and I started tutoring professionally. Before long, I knew I’d found the job I want to do for the rest of my life. Everyone should be so lucky.
Now I live in Dover, Florida, with my husband and my two sons (ages 17 and 19, one of whom is in college now). We have two dogs, Rick and Jim, black lab mixes who drive us crazy. In my spare time I read and write fiction.