PrepNow Tutor - Louise H.
Louise graduated from the University of Virginia, where she majored in computer science and minored in math. She decided that she wanted to do something that made a difference. According to Louise, "I found out that the intersection of what is needed, and what I'm good at, is to be a math teacher." She completed her master's degree in secondary mathematics education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has been a high school math teacher (grades 9-12) ever since.
As part of Louise's teaching responsibilities, she works with her 9th grade students on PSAT prep and with her 11th and 12th grade students on SAT prep. In addition to her teaching experience, she has tutored students privately in physics, calculus, and geometry.
Louise believes that any student can be successful in school when given structure, clear expectations, and appropriate support. She says, "I work with a lot of special education students, and they rise to the same level as everyone else in the class, though the support they need is sometimes different, whether it is with extended time, or flashcards, or some one-on-one practice." In her career as a math teacher, the accomplishment she is most proud of is bringing pass rates on the state algebra test at her school from approximately 60% the year she started to 100% last year.
Outside of teaching and tutoring, Louise enjoys biking, swimming, and reading. In high school she lettered in debate and speech and was president of the debate team, winning awards at both the local and state levels. Her interests include personal finance, foreign languages, spending time with her fiance, and Christianity.