I’m a Minnesota-born & raised girl with a Notre Dame education (double major in math & international peace studies) living in Portland, Oregon.
I’ve always loved helping others learn math, so after college I started teaching high school math at a community-based secondary school. I soon learned that although I loved teaching, being in front of a classroom all day exhausted my introverted self.
I then spent a few years working in food justice and alternative education. I learned a ton, but I really missed tutoring math. That’s when I decided to branch out on my own by starting Katie Tutors Math.
I’ve fallen in love with helping students across the country and the world from the convenience of their own homes. I love working with my students one-on-one to help them understand math a little bit better each day and to watch their confidence in themselves grow. I’m so grateful to do what I love.
My credentials, in bullet points, so you know I’m legit
- B.S. in Mathematics & International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
- 10 years of experience tutoring over 200 students
- ACT: 35 (Math: 36, Science: 36, English: 35, Reading: 33) 99th percentile
- GRE Quantitative: 170 (GRE Verbal: 164) 99th percentile
Just for fun
- I love local food. Every weekend you’ll find me at one of the awesome farmers markets here in Portland. If only my favorite vegetable, okra, could be grown in this climate!
- I’ve had four concussions, three in 2016, and am passionate about education around care of concussions and post-concussion syndrome.
- In my free time, when I’m not tutoring, I’m usually geeking out learning web development or hiking with my dog.
My Tutoring Philosophy
Tutoring math is a privilege.
As a math tutor, I witness a student’s willingness to be vulnerable and make mistakes.
I walk alongside them in that tender place where learning and growth happen.
I don’t take this lightly.
Frankly, it’s a sacred space.
And sure, the acquisition of knowledge is great, but what I relish in is the increase in self-confidence and self-efficacy, and the growth in a willingness to try.
And, I love math.
You see, the thing is, I think math is fun.
It’s like a game or puzzle I get to play with. There is one right answer, so I know when I’m on track, but there are always many, many ways to arrive at that answer, many ways to think about it and play with it. It’s. so. fun.
And I love sharing this with other people.
Because I think after I do, you might think math is fun too.
Or, at least, you won’t think it’s so hard.
Because math doesn’t have to be hard.
Has it felt hard?
Let’s get you a guide.
Someone who knows when to nudge, when to sit in silence and wait to let your brain make the connection, when to support, affirm, or encourage.
Ahem, that’s me.
I’m a great listener, highly empathetic, and have a honed intuition through thousands of hours of experience to know how you learn best in each moment.