In addition to playing them (games), I wanted to look ‘behind the curtain.’ I also developed an eye for art which grew in tandem with my desire for philosophical and scientific endeavor. In other words, I enjoyed the ‘left brain’ and the ‘right brain’ parts of academic pursuit, and I wanted these worlds to collide. Photography and graphic arts became high school and college vacations, and fractals and video game development became offshoots from my video game play. Life was a bit of a tornado during these years, and I put all of these things together into the teaching topics that were to come.
There was also the important issue of my collegiate career, put into limbo due to my own health issues at the time. I'd had my eye on alternate means of achieving a degree, and I ended up doing so. I ‘tested out’ of college—my bachelors degree—using such tests as CLEPS and DSSTs. After doing routine high school tests such as the ACT, I also had a spark of interest in tests and developed that through the many collegiate credit tests I took. I would later turn this into an overall topic of test-taking which I teach to this day.
About six years ago, I decided to try my hand at tutoring, and I discovered a latent gift of teaching. Having taught after-school mentoring clubs for years prior to that point, it wasn't much of a surprise. However, teaching academic subjects was new to me, and it was a skill I embraced with joy. I now teach the topics close to my heart, such as graphic arts, video game development, test taking, and more.
I look forward to meeting your family and your child in the classroom!