Juan Carlos Castaneda
***** Master of Science in Mathematics *****
Academic Background & Teaching Experience
Mathematics was my favorite subject since third grade, when I fully understood fractions and why their operation rules work.
At school my grades were always among the highest in the class, since first grade all the way through my graduate program.
I graduated from the Mexican Autonomous National University (UNAM) in Mexico City, the largest university in Latin America.
My degrees are Master of Science (MS) in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematics.
I came to San Diego in February of 1999. I became an American citizen in May of 2008.
Private tutoring is the kind of teaching I enjoy best, because working with one student at a time or small groups is a better dynamic for me than handling the inevitable confusion and discipline issues that arise in large groups. Also in individual sessions the student gets much better results. It is amazing the difference undivided professional attention can make for their understanding and progress.
My skill to help students during onetoone sessions rests mainly on two pillars. The first one is all the experience I gained while teaching large groups in the classroom and grading their homework and exams. The second pillar is my natural ability to listen to them, understand their questions and place myself into their shoes, looking at a mathematical problem the exact same way they are looking at it.
Following is my tutoring and academic teaching experience, including the list of institutions I have taught at, with detail on the courses taught at each one:
Private Math Tutor  Most Recent Experience (ongoing)
Test Preparation & Homework Help – From Nov 2004 to date. Fulltime since July 2007
San Diego City College  San Diego, CA
Adjunct Professor – Spring 2001
San Diego State University  San Diego, CA
Adjunct Professor – Fall 1999
Berlitz Language Institute  San Diego, CA
Instructor – 1999 to 2001
Mexican National University – Mexico City
Adjunct Professor – 1992 to 1996
 Linear Algebra I
 Differential and Integral Calculus IV
 Statistics I & II
 Introductory Graph Theory
 Discrete Math
 General Math for Biology students, I
 Probability I
 Coding Theory
Yucatan State University – Merida City
Visiting Professor – Fall 1993
Veracruz State Teachers College – Poza Rica, Córdoba & Xalapa
Instructor – 1991 to 1992
 Miscellaneous short courses for High School math teachers professional development
Veracruz State University  Xalapa City
Adjunct Professor – from 1990 to 1992; and 1996 to 1997
 Calculus I & II
 Modern Geometry
 Analytic Geometry
 Numerical Methods
 Numerical Systems
 Higher Algebra
 Linear Algebra
 Introductory Scientific Method
 Probability and Statistics
 Graph Theory
 Topology
Private Math Tutor – Xalapa City, Mexico
Test Preparation & Homework Help – 1987 to 1990
 GRE
 High school math courses
 Middle school math courses
Mexican National University – Mexico City
Teaching Assistant – 1981 to 1985
 Differential and Integral Calculus I, II, III & IV
 General Math for Biology students, I & II
Private Math Tutor – Mexico City, Mexico
Test Preparation & Homework Help – 1984 to 1985
Mexican Military Academy – Mexico City
Math Teacher  1984
 Algebra
 Analytic Geometry
 Introductory Informatics
High School of Science and Humanities – Mexico City
Math Teacher – 1983 to 1984
 Algebra
 Euclidean Geometry
 Analytic Geometry
 Integral Calculus
Back to the Present – In San Diego & over the Internet
These days I tutor fulltime, either through online sessions or meeting with my students in person at coffee shops, public libraries, or their homes.
I would love the opportunity to help you with any of the math subjects listed above, or in preparation for your GMAT, GRE, CBEST, CSET, ELM, SAT, or any other math exam or placement test for which you may want help.
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