Qualifications & Experience

Hello!

I have been a tutor since 1989, helping students of all ages to excel in the fields of math and science. I have tutored students as young as third grade all the way up to those in college. My math courses have included: Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry, & General Math. I have also tutored science courses including: Biology, Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, & General Science.

As a former teacher, I taught 8th grade Life Science, Biology, Advanced Biology, and college-level Anatomy & Physiology for one year in a small town, Canton, Missouri. Following that, I taught 11 years at the 7th grade level teaching Life Science at Parkview Middle School in Ankeny, Iowa. I continued for another 7 years in Ankeny teaching Biology, Geology, & Astronomy to sophomores. I have had the privilege of meeting a variety of neat kids who want to do well in their classes, making this a very rewarding job.

Besides this, I have tutored college Biology & Algebra, in addition to elementary reading. I have also been trained to prepare students in taking the ACT test.

In 2003, I won the National Ohaus Award for Excellence in Science Teaching from the National Science Teachers Association. I had a great experience receiving this award as I got the opportunity to make a speech on stage at the National Science Teachers Convention in Philadelphia, explaining my Forensic Science project that I designed to teachers from all over the country.

Over these several years while tutoring, I have seen so much growth with my students. One student came to me a few weeks before his Chemistry final in a panic. He was getting a D+ in this course. I worked with him for 3 weeks, twice per week. In the 6 sessions that I worked with him, he brought his grade up to a B-. That was a superb accomplishment for him.

Many of my students have a similar success stories. As many parents have discussed with me, they felt that I had a connection with their child that most teachers haven't been able to address. Unlike their teachers that had other students disrupting class, or having particular needs, I work one-on-one with them to explain material in a simplified way that they can relate to. I never make their child feel unintelligent. The math & science have been involved lots of pictures, drawings, charts, hands-on activities, whatever is needed to understand the concept. Everybody learns material in a different way & I have the knowledge to modify their learning to meet their needs the best.

I hope you will contact me for tutoring your child. You will see that within a short time, they will become much more confident in their coursework & they have caught up with their peers.

Education

1992

Western Illinois University

Biology & Criminology

2002

Iowa State University

Microbiology, & Curriculum & Instruction

Degree

1992

Bachelors

2002

Masters

Awards & Honors

2003

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Subjects

Math

Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Elementary Math
Geometry
Prealgebra
Probability
Statistics
Trigonometry

Test Preparation

ACT Math
ACT Science
SAT Math

ACT

ACT Math
ACT Science

SAT

SAT Math

English

Grammar
Proofreading
Study Skills
Vocabulary

Science

Anatomy
Anthropology
Astronomy
Biology
Botany
Chemistry
Earth Science
Ecology
Environmental Science
Genetics
Geology
Health Science
Life Sciences
Microbiology
Nutrition
Physical Science
Physiology
Sociology
Zoology

Social Studies

Anthropology

Language

French

Computer

Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Word
Video Production
Graphic Design
Macintosh

Professional

Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Word

Art

Graphic Design

Other

Homeschool

Music

Clarinet
Piano

Heather ’s Rating

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Reviews

Algebra 1
Vicki G.
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