I am 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 two wicked-smart kids, ages 11 and 13, and our lazy dog Rick. My interests include memes, music, Christian apologetics, and reading.