Everyone has a story. Here's mine.I grew up in Syracuse, New York. I am a product of the Syracuse City School District. I have been teaching mathematics in the Rochester City School District since 2000.I began my teaching career after 27 years in the business world where I worked in business to business sales, market research, customer service and corporate training and organization development. I truly feel I found my calling and passion in life when I began helping city kids learn math. I was not always a great student in math. There were many times I "didn't always get it", yet my persistence, perseverance and commitment to learning helped me "get it."I have never been a traditional student in that I took a number of detours in my life. It took me 3 years to get my two year degree, 7 years to earn my four year bachelors degree, yet I did get my master's degree in 1.5 years. Just because you do not do things according to a particular schedule, it is okay. The most important thing is you demonstrate persistence, and a "stick-to-it" attitude and that is what potential colleges and employers are looking for. That in spite of any challenges you encounter along the way you don't quit!!I am very proud of my two son's. My oldest son Ben, is a junior at SUNY Cortland where he is studying kinesiology, the science dealing with the interrelationship of the physiological processes and anatomy of the human body with respect to movement (Dictionary.com). My youngest son, Noah is a senior at Brighton High school.In my spare time I love to read, walk, bike ride and play drums. I am very passionate about music, how students learn and how the brain learns. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with you and help you learn to think using mathematics.