I am trying to create a comfortable atmosphere for my students in order for them not to feel tested as they are in school or by their lecturers in college. Out of this comfortable athmosphere I am trying to build their confidence to become more and more independent in their approach to Mathematical problems. An essential part of my work is to take away the notion of fear that is still associated with Mathematics for many students
I am a Mathematician with a PhD that has worked for other Grinds companies before where I thought secondary school students as well as having worked as a learning support Tutor and ordinary Tutor in college. For my Tutoring I was awarded the "Tutors Award" based on students feedback in one of the Universities at which I taught. I was given feedback by an abundance of my students that they would not have been able to achieve the grade they did - or in fact to pass the course - if it had not been for my help.
I am a diligent and conscientious Mathematician seeking a career in an area that uses my transferable skills honed throughout my Doctoral research, namely problem solving, analytical thinking and quantitative reasoning. I have excellent communication skills and enjoy giving presentations and talks. Given my extensive teaching experience I am a very good manager of people and I relish working with others, as evidenced, for example, by my recent collaborative research project. Throughout my extensive Doctoral research I have learned to be adaptable and innovative. These attributes are complemented by my excellent qualifications and by knowledge and expertise in:
Original Mathematical research to Doctoral level (Algebraic Geometry)
In-depth knowledge of Mathematics in many areas, including statistics and probability theory
Published author of a collaborative research article on Bridgeland Stability (Algebraic Geometry) in co-operation with two other researchers from the Freie Universität Berlin
Some experience of Python, R and C++ programming languages (currently upskilling in data programming/coding)
Fluency in German (native speaker), English and Spanish, knowledge of French
A wealth of teaching experience at university level
The ability to construct logical arguments and to comprehend and manipulate highly complex information and ideas
My willingness to upskill and engage in continued professional development
Education and Training
2010 – 2020: Doctorate in Mathematics, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick (the doctoral thesis was graded with the best possible mark ‘A’ and graduation will take place in October 2021)
2007 – 2010: Master of Education in Pedagogy and Mathematics, University of Bielefeld, Germany/ Queens University Belfast (Erasmus) Grade Awarded: 1H1
2004 – 2007: Bachelor of Arts in History and Mathematics, University of Bielefeld, Germany Grade Awarded: 2H1
May 2019 to Present: Although I was very much in demand for further teaching duties at Mary Immaculate College I decided to focus solely on the completion of my Doctoral thesis for this period. I subsequently passed my Viva Voce examination in September 2020, with the highest grade ‘A’.
2010 to 2019: Departmental Assistant and Learning Support Tutor, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
While completing my Doctoral degree I have had the opportunity to work as a Departmental Assistant in the Department of Mathematics. My duties included:
delivering lectures on Linear Algebra to undergraduate students
organising and providing mathematics tutorials to undergraduate students
consulting with undergraduates in small-group settings and providing learning assistance to them
managing the smooth running of the Maths Support Unit at Mary Immaculate College
giving talks to the Department of Mathematics staff of the University of Limerick
2007-2010: Tutor, Bielefeld University
While completing my Masters degree I also tutored in Mathematics to undergraduate students. My duties also including supervising and correcting exams. Due to my high standard of teaching ability I was awarded the ‘Tutor’s Award’ for excellence in teaching in 2010.
2003- 2004: Special Needs Assistant, Lebenshilfe Minden
For a year I worked as a Special Needs Assistant at a special school for children with disabilities. My duties included working as part of a team to provide care and assistance to the school’s pupils, as well as organising day trips and events for them.
I have a wide range of interests including travelling, reading and sports, both spectating and participating. Originally hailing from Germany, I am an avid fan of soccer and skiing, in particular.
I am fully proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and LaTex. I also have knowledge of Python, R and C++ and am currently upskilling in these.
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