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My employment history:
- Director of Technologyisforkids.com
- High school algebra teacher at Vallejo City Unified School District
- Consultant at Reese Associates Political Consulting/Lobbying
- Actuary at Anthem Blue Cross of California
My professional credentials:
- Society of Actuaries exams 1-4
- California Preliminary Teaching Credential Single Subject math, science, economics, business administration
- CBEST 4/22/2006
- CSET 110 Mathematics Subtest 1 3/17/2007
- CSET 111 Mathematics Subtest 2 5/19/2007
- CSET 112 Mathematics Subtest 3 1/19/2011
- CSET 118 Science Subtest 1 7/9/2011
- CSET 119 Science Subtest 2 7/9/2011
- CSET 147 Spanish Subtest 3 5/8/2010
- CSET 250 Spanish Subtest 4 3/12/2011
- NCLB compliant for single subject mathematics
- NCLB compliant for single subject science
- NCLB compliant for single subject economics
- NCLB compliant for single subject business administration
- EL/SDAIE Authorization
Diablo Valley Junior College
University of California Berkeley, BA Economics 1989
Touro University, California Teaching Credential 2009
My Teaching Philosophy:
Classroom management and interpersonal social skills are necessary prerequisites for teaching a class. In primary school grades those skills are enough. In high school a teacher also must have expertise in their subject mater. NCLB is a reaction to a pervasive attitude that it is enough for a teacher to be able to manage a peaceful structured classroom. Classroom management can give the appearance of leaning, but to teach math, a person must also be an expert in math.
Textbooks are a useful reference tool for leaning math but they do no replace organized structured lectures. Lectures are the best tool to learn math. The best organized, most powerful lectures on math are available to anyone with an Internet connection for free. Group classroom activities are also a powerful tool for leaning math, especially when they are structured around a well organized PowerPoint presentation, students participate by guessing and explaining the next step in solving the math problem in the PowerPoint presentation, The classroom teacher pushes the slide control button and referees the classroom discussion. I have written hundreds of interactive PowerPoint presentations for algebra, and 44 of my best are available to teachers for free on my website http://www.Technologyisforkids.com
Creativity and diversity are truly strengths, but only when they are freed from constraints to find new and different avenues to success and excellence.
Technology can free all students to follow individualized goals and educational plans and achieve a successful life.
Without individualized goals and educational plans, competition always produces winners and losers.
An educational system that truly values diversity and individual choice can make every student a winner.
American history has proven that freedom and opportunity can always out-compete any planned society.
My graduate school criterias:
My thinking is that some schools have a math requirement for all undergraduates. For a big school like Arkansas, that means 30000 undergraduate math students which means they need to field hundreds of math teachers every year, so they use graduate student instructors. Seems to me from the research I have done, that they structure their graduate math programs to meet the needs of their undergraduate math requirement. It looks to me like they are just trying to get some capable calculus and pre-calculus teachers to come teach there for $13000 a year salary, so they throw in free tuition and a pathway to earn a graduate degree. I think I would have the most competitive advantage applying to a school with that kind of system, because I think they would value my teaching experience more than a school that is totally focused on publishing original research to build its reputation and ability to attract big dollar government research projects. I am interested in a top 100 ranked math PhD program.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. I hope you will be able to comment on my life-plan and offer me some advice. I value a continued relationship with you and hope to hear back from you at your convenience. Thank you so much.
Gregory Reese 117 Third Street Rodeo, CA 94572 (707) 653-6205