Preferred SubjectsMath, Common Core I, Common Core II, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, ACT Prep, GED, Math Basics for Adults returning to college
Education-Teaching certificate, William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS in 2009. I am certified to teach 4th-8th grades.
-Presidential Scholar, a prestigious full-tuition scholarship to attend the Univ. of Southern Mississippi graduating with honors Magna cum Laude Dec 2006 with a 3.55 GPA.
-Mississippi School for Math and Science (MSMS), a public residential high school for academically exceptional students, in Columbus, MS May 2002.
ExperienceFULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL ALGEBRA TUTOR. I specialize in Algebra I and II (including Honors), which now includes Common Core I and II, and ACT Prep. I have extensive experience with gifted students as well as those who struggle with learning disabilities. My students range in age from rising 5th graders to mature adults, but most are 7th-10th grade. My style is friendly and non-intimidating in order to build student confidence and make math fun. I often laugh and make silly jokes with my students to help them remember the steps when appropriate.
What makes me different? I tutor professionally full time rather than as a hobby or side job. I absolutely LOVE my job, and it shows in the quality of my work. When I take on a student I am invested in giving them everything I can to help them succeed. That often means I stay a few minutes extra or go out of my way to squeeze someone in my schedule for the day. I am patient and give constructive as well as positive feedback. I'm young and can better relate to my students. I am very flexible and do my best to accommodate whenever possible. Over the years I have developed unique strategies for explaining steps in ways that students can remember. I focus less on the proper vocabulary, if necessary, and use common language that the student will understand. I feel it is the teacher's job to explain the why of math and teach vocabulary, but my job as a tutor is to make sure the students can do the work.
-Certified teacher; taught 7th grade math, pre-algebra and 6th grade science in MS
-Tutored University of Southern Miss. football players in college-level math (MAT 99, MAT 100, and MAT 101)
-Moved to Raleigh from Mississippi Aug 2011
-5th grade in-class tutor at Wilburn Year-Round Elementary in Wake County
-Math teacher for a 3 week summer gifted studies program for 3 consecutive summers (2011-2013)
-Taken the ACT a dozen times scoring 31 out of 36 and developed strategies to prepare for and improve scores
-Professional Website: www.best-tutors.com for a detailed portfolio of my work
-Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/tutor4me to read feedback from former students
I've had paid experience tutoring algebra with success since middle school when I first learned it. My mother is currently a gifted teacher with many years experience teaching special education in all forms. She has been a great mentor guiding me to identify potential learning disabilities in my students as well as ideas for accommodations. I have written letters of recommendation to teachers and guidance counselors identifying problem areas and providing suggestions.
Math truly is a foreign language. Let me help translate.
HobbiesMy biggest hobby is reading. I love to learn new things, especially about other cultures. I also enjoy art (mostly painting), photography, traveling, and yoga.
Client Reviews (2)
When I first began searching for an ACT prep tutor for our daughter, I chose Michelle for her background in mathmatics. I was so pleased that she was very friendly and accommodating to our busy schedule. She has a very pleasant teaching style, and our daughter felt she was extremely helpful in preparing her for the exam. I would highly recommend Michelle for any of your tutoring needs-especially for math!
Posted over 2 years ago by Penny B.
- Currently 5.0/5 Stars.
Michelle is a godsend! She is helping my 9th grade son tremendously!
Posted over 1 year ago by Sandi B.
- Currently 5.0/5 Stars.