Education

  • Degree: BS, Chemistry, ASU; Certified Quality Engineer; Certified Quality Auditor
  • What is your educational philosophy? The primary purpose of education through the ages (at least in times past) has been to nurture a vigorous mind and an active intellectual curiosity. As Christians, we seek to comprehend all subjects in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A Biblically-based education enables us to understand the Word of God and promotes an eagerness to proclaim – and reasonably defend – our faith. God created the mind and He has willed us to use it for His glory. Thus, no matter what the subject, studying an area of inquiry can be equated to pursuing God’s mind on the matter. C.S. Lewis once said, “Christianity is an education in itself.” What this means is that by growing in Christ we are constantly seeking to know more about Him and to learn about what He has spoken, with a goal of discovering God’s thoughts and figuring out how to articulate His truths to our culture. Contrary to what many people would lead you to believe, this process can clearly be supported by mathematics and the sciences.
  • What is your educational experience? I started tutoring in 1977 as a student at Scottsdale Community College, where I also participated in a Tutor Training Seminar. I have tutored math at every level from elementary arithmetic to Differential Equations. I took a Christian Teacher Training course. I homeschooled my three sons, the oldest of whom received a college scholarship based in part on his high math placement test scores.
  • What math curriculum do you recommend? I used Saxon Math for teaching my own students and highly recommend it. Saxon Math books build upon one another to ensure that students master a concept before going on to the next. In addition, Saxon teaches comprehension, not just rote memorization. Knowing why a technique works is as important as learning how it works and when to apply it. Saxon Math provides a solid foundation for a good math education. This is equally true for students who are having difficulty and need remedial help, as it is for bright, self-motivated students who want to get ahead.
  • What is your teaching philosophy? Seeing a student's face light up with understanding is always a rewarding experience. I’m serious about getting a point across but I also have a sense of humor. Sometimes a little silliness can make a lesson a lot more memorable. So don’t be surprised if pirates or clowns enter into the equation! I have an extensive collection of math and science books to which I can refer in order to further elucidate a concept. And for Christian students, I will gladly incorporate information on how Christianity encouraged math and science, and how the founders of these fields were devout Christians. I am confident that these students will gain a whole new appreciation for math when they learn how mathematical truths and logic reflect the mind of God.
  • How would you describe pi? Pi is the most revered mathematical constant in the known universe. Pi is a unique number that has fascinated mathematicians for centuries, and its history dates back to ancient times. Pi is even alluded to in the Bible (1 Kings 7:23). There's just something intriguing about a number that's so complex and yet associated with a geometric object as simple as a circle. Plus it's a nice play on words! If something is easy as pie, it is very easy indeed. That's how I hope my students will feel about math following their lessons.
  • What educator most inspired you? John Taylor Gatto. He was named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. But he is best known for his books Dumbing Us Down: the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, and The Underground History of American Education. In his book Dumbing us Down, he made a critical analysis of state education and urged parents to control the education of their children. John Taylor Gatto promoted homeschooling, open source learning, and privatization of education.