Each month our team of mentors nominates a “Tutor.com Tutor of the Month”. We are pleased to introduce this month’s Tutor of the Month, Deborah M!
Current empty nester, Deborah M., has a vastly different schedule these days. The former Air Force pilot maintained her position in the Air Force Reserves for over decade while raising her two sets of twins. Once all four kids were grown, Deborah ended up finding her second calling teaching math and science. Now she spends the school year teaching and tutoring and escapes the Georgia heat in the summer months with trips in her RV. Check out our Q&A with her below!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have been tutoring with Tutor.com for about a year. The subjects I tutor in are Mid-level Math, Algebra I and II, Trigonometry, Geometry, and Calculus.
My academic background is Mechanical Engineering. My undergraduate degree is from the Air Force Academy in CO, and then I received a Guggenheim Fellowship for my master’s degree at Columbia University in NYC. After school, I spent nine years as an Air Force pilot, first in the T-38 and then in the C-141. I left the cockpit when my first set of twins was born in 1989. My second set of twins was born three years later in 1992. While raising my four children I was able to complete another 10 years as an Air Force reservist and retired in 2001.
When did you realize you wanted to become a teacher?
As the children became more independent, I started taking long term math and science substitute teacher jobs for our district. I realized that teaching was a great career for me because it kept me on the same schedule as the kids.
How did you hear about Tutor.com?
A friend recommended that I check out Tutor.com as a great part time job. I love that I can set my own schedule depending on what my family is doing.
What is your favorite part of tutoring with Tutor.com?
It’s fun to meet the students online and I especially like when one of our military students is able to get help! Working one-to-one with a student is so rewarding, even though we don’t see them; you still get that little thrill when the light comes on as they master a concept.
My funniest moments are with the new middle school kids, it’s really cute when they play with the board and the buttons in the classroom. You can tell that they just love the technology!
What advice do you have for students?
I have always told my students that just like any sport math requires practice and more practice. The best thing about Tutor.com for the students is they can get individualized help on demand. This teaches them the important skill of advocating for their own learning.