A certified math specialist and private tutor with an extensive background in classroom and one-on-one settings, Galina Kofman loves math, and she aims to share that love. She is unwavering in her belief that all students can find math success. For Galina, the definition of math success goes beyond facility with numbers and mathematical concepts. It encompasses sophisticated lifelong critical thinking skills. It includes confidence in one’s ability both to perform math and also to use logical thinking to solve problems of all sorts. Through a creative approach that she personalizes to meet each student’s needs, she helps her learners to find positivity in math. She also helps students and families to confront and eliminate math- and testing-related anxiety and avoidance.
Galina has worked in public and independent school settings in New York and Westchester, teaching students in grades four through college with various levels of facility in math, from remedial to advanced and gifted. She has extensive experience helping students with exceptionalities. For the past three years, she has taught the Art of Problem Solving curriculum at a school for twice-exceptional children, who both are gifted and have a learning disability. Among the standardized tests for which she has helped students achieve math success are the SAT, ACT, PSAT, ISEE, SSAT, and the New York City SHSAT.
Galina is well-versed in the centrality of mathematics in business and technology fields. She holds degrees in mechanical engineering and computer science, and before becoming an educator, she spent two decades as a software engineer in New York, holding positions in software development, project management, and consulting for businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies, including IBM and Morgan Stanley. A true pioneer of the internet, Galina holds two patents and three technical publications. With her deep subject knowledge, she helps students conceptualize the practical and theoretical applications of math success. In addition to helping others find joy in the field of study that she loves, Galina enjoys practicing tai chi and taking long walks with her dog.