“Working for Tutor.com for the past five years has made me a better teacher”, says Russell C. Learn why tutoring with Tutor.com for the past 5 years has helped Russell stay at the top of his game in the classroom, both virtual and physical. His dedication to teaching and student achievement is why he is Tutor.com Tutor of the Month.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in the Triad area of North Carolina with my wife and 3 year old daughter. Born in Indiana, I lived in Michigan for a little while, but have lived in North Carolina for the last 32 years. I attended the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a concentration in Secondary Mathematics. (Go Heels!) For the past 16 years I have been a high school mathematics teacher while also coaching football and track & field on the side.
How did you find out about Tutor.com?
While studying for my National Board exams, a fellow colleague mentioned she worked for Tutor.com as a social studies tutor and explained how it worked. I was immediately interested and checked into it the next day.
What makes it a great fit?
I love the freedom to schedule my hours to fit my schedule. It is also very convenient to walk into my office and tutor from my own home, and the extra income is a great supplement to my teaching salary.
What is your favorite part of tutoring?
I love connecting with the students. They get to experience success in solving programs and it seems to boost their self-confidence and interest in mathematics. I also love the variety of question students “bring to the table.” They keep me on my toes. Working for Tutor.com the past 5 years has definitely made me a better teacher.
Do you find the 1-to-1 feature of Tutor.com important?
Definitely! All of the students’ needs are met. We can go at their pace, stopping when necessary for clarification, and can give the immediate positive feedback when they succeed.
What do you like to do for fun?
I am an avid woodworker and have built everything from a porch swing to a storage shed. I also love to fish during the warmer months. My family lives on a 125 acre farm with access to 4 fully stocked ponds!