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Craig Osterhus

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Craig Osterhus

I believe students should keep their work visually organized and follow the steps in a systematic way so they can retrace their steps and easily repeat the process.

email: erica@cenderscholars.com

Hello. This is my story.

I felt a little out of place on the first day of Honors Physics. I was a sophomore taking the class along with juniors and seniors. Yet the awkwardness didn’t last long, because our teacher—a legend at our school—quickly brought out the “gremlins” and showed how humor and creativity can make difficult concepts fun and easy to learn. I remember thinking that year, “Someday I’m going to teach Physics just like him!”


After finishing my undergraduate degree in General Science, with minors in Physics and Math, I took a job at a radiological lab company, and later I got hired as a math tutor. My student was a senior who was at risk of flunking Algebra 2 and not being able to graduate. We met regularly and worked through the material, doing lots of practice problems. At the end of the year, he was out of the danger zone and graduated!

My classroom teaching and my tutoring include a good dose of humor (especially dad jokes) and lots of practice. You can watch tutorial videos, and you can watch someone else work problems on the board or on paper next to you, but there’s nothing like putting pencil to paper and doing the process yourself, again and again.

I believe students should keep their work visually organized and follow the steps in a systematic way so they can retrace their steps and easily repeat the process.

In addition to teaching, my career experience includes accounting, software training and computer support, international relations, and music. I have lived in seven states, and Florida is by far one of the favorites.

Highlights.

  • Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Trig, Precalculus, Physics, AP Physics 1, AP Physics
  • On-site in southern Palm Beach County (Lake Worth, Boynton, Delray) and northern Broward County (Deerfield, Pompano, North Fort Lauderdale), or online elsewhere
  • Available weekdays 3:30-6 pm during the school year; flexible hours in summer