For very strong and very motivated students I offer program in Physics and Math along the MIT courses

When I meet with a new student, I test both knowledge and the ability to problem solve. I pay close attention to the clarity of writing and drawing.

I assign homework and give students the opportunity to ask targeted questions after they have had a chance to think about various ways to solve the problem.

I encourage my students to bring any problems they find amusing to the lesson. I provide hints instead of answers.

"I first became acquainted with Mr. Ionel in his position of math lecturer in the mathematics department. He was a respected member of our department. Mr. Ionel is a strong teacher with an excellent knowledge of mathematics. In class, it was evident that he was comfortable teaching and had a good rapport with his students. He answered questions easily that students posed and often responded in kind with related questions. He did not give lectures that were solely teacher centered in that he would write exercises on the board and asked the students to work on them at their desks. He walked around the room examining the student's progress, often giving hints and words of encouragement. I especially admired his skill at asking pertinent questions of the students while he was lecturing. Mr. Ionel insisted that his students come prepared to class and evaluated them fairly. This was appreciated by the department. I gladly recommend Mr. Ionel."

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Dr. Linda Valdes
Department of Mathematics
San Jose State University
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"**I have worked with Eugene
as part of my position as a chair of the math department at Athenian High
School. Eugene taught Geometry in the summer. This is a very challenging course
that lasts 6 weeks, 3 hours daily. Eugene selected a textbook that was a very
good fit for the course and used a variety of other materials that helped
students to discover geometry for the first time. Eugene has a remarkable
ability to explain new concepts and keep students interested in spite of the
level of difficulty. He enjoys the subject and interacting with students. His
sense of humor is contagious. Eugene never gets tired when it comes to
learning. He loves to work on the most challenging problems from various math
completions including Berkeley Math Circle, The California Math League and The
American Math Completion. He is very patient with students as long as they are
willing to learn; this quality was greatly appreciated by parents and students.
I enjoyed working with Eugene, and we continue to exchange ideas and resources.
I am grateful that I got to know Eugene and believe that all his students are
very lucky to learn from such a talented teacher and mathematician."**