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Lessons offered by Sara
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Taught subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Other sciences
  • Thermodynamics
  • Natural Sciences
Levels
  • All Levels

Meteorology PhD with over 15 years of Experience offering courses in Applied Math and Physics

Methodology

I welcome students of any age and background to explore applied mathematics and physics (a general topic, I know) in a "blended learning" style lesson. This style combines jumping in and writing programs with a more traditional lecture.

As a tutor/instructor my first priority is that ALL members of a given course are given the tools they need to keep up.

Background

have a PhD in Meteorology, a science that requires the application of math and physics to understand. I have been teaching and tutoring thousands of students in various related subjects since 2006. During this time I've received both departmental and University wide awards for student satisfaction. Students often thank me for explaining technical or complicated topics in an understandable manner -- a skill I picked up during my time researching best practices in education.

Rates

Transportation Fee : $2
Rate for online lessons : $15/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $60
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $120

Details

Rates apply to students of all levels.
Please give 24 hours notice for cancellation of in-person lessons

Lessons offered by Sara
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Other sciences
  • Thermodynamics
  • Natural Sciences
Levels
  • All Levels

Sara's resume

Sara T. Strey, PhD

Education:

2007 B.S. Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA (Major: Meteorology, Minor: Mathematics), cum laude honors

2009 M.S. University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA (Atmospheric Sciences)

2016 PhD University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA (Atmospheric Sciences)



Relevant Employment:

2006 Volunteer Intern at the National Weather Service, Grand Rapids, Michigan USA office. Responsibilities included producing a climatological record of weather data for Thanksgiving and Easter in the GRR county warning area as well as learning the daily forecast methods for severe weather, fire weather, and airports.

2007- 2014 University of Illinois, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Graduate Assistant, Advised by John E. Walsh

Research: Air-sea interaction, Polar interactions with mid-latitude climate change, Regional climate modeling using the Weather Research and Forecast Model, Global ocean modeling using the Parallel Ocean Program Model, Improving Weather and climate education in the middle school classroom, 
Improving efficacy of science courses in higher education, Data quality control

Teaching Assistant: Severe and Hazardous Weather, Introduction to Meteorology, General Physical Meteorology, Dynamic Meteorology, Climate Processes, Renewable and Alternative Energy, Air Pollution to Global Change
Tutor: Physics, Meteorology

2015 Wexford-Missaukee MI, USA. Substitute Teacher, K-12. Responsibilities included instructing children of all ages without notice in all subjects, especially science and Math.

2015- 2017 Northland College, Ashland, WI, USA. Meteorology Teaching Fellow. Responsibilities included instructing undergraduate meteorology courses including: Synoptic Meteorology I and II, Dynamic Meteorology I and II, Mesoscale Meteorology, Introduction to Meteorology, Introduction to Oceanography, Climate and Climate Change, Astronomy, and Arctic Meteorology and Climate. Service included working with the administration to improve the Meteorology curriculum.

2017- 2019 University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. Postdoctoral Researcher investigating relationships between Arctic storms and changes in Arctic Ocean sea ice. Adviser: Steven M. Cavallo.



Publications:

Charlevoix, D.J, Strey, S. T., and C.M. Mills 2009: Design and Implementation of Inquiry-Based, Technology-Rich Learning Activities in a Large Enrollment Blended Learning Course, Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, Volume 5, Number 3, pp 15-28.

Palm, S.P., Strey, S.T., Spinhirne, J., and T. Markus 2010: Influence of Arctic sea ice extent on polar cloud fraction and vertical structure and implications for regional climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume 115, doi:10.1029/2010JD013900.

Strey, S.T., Chapman, W.L., and John E. Walsh 2010: The 2007 sea ice minimum: Impacts on the Northern Hemisphere atmosphere in late autumn and early winter, Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume 115, doi:10.1029/2009JD013294.

Wardell, L., Chen, L., Strey, S. 2012: Interdisciplinary cooperation on impacts of climate change in the Arctic, EOS, Volume 93, Issue 39, doi: 10.1029/2012EO390007.

Roberts, P., Metzuals, K., Strey, S., Vanek, S., Lembke-Jene, L, and J. Dahl 2013: Transdisciplinarity and Training Engaged Researchers, Ocean Yearbook, 2014.

Strey, S. T., and John E. Walsh (in preparation): Cold Air Outbreaks over the Gulf Stream and Implications for the North Atlantic Ocean.

Strey, S. T., and Steven M. Cavallo (in preparation): Investigating the Relationship between Summer Cyclones in the Arctic and Local Changes in Sea Ice Characteristics through Observations and MPAS-CAM-CESM.


Conference Proceedings:

2006 Strey, Sara: The Effect of Tropical Cyclones on Michigan’s Climate. The Great Lakes Meteorology Conference, Valparaiso, IN USA. Oral.

2008 Strey, Sara: Incorporation of Blended Learning in Introductory Courses: A Research-Based Approach to Evaluation. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA USA. Oral.

2009 Strey, Sara, Chapman, W.L., and Walsh, J.E.: Effects of Extreme Arctic Sea Ice Anomalies on the Northern Hemisphere Atmosphere During Early Winter. AMS 10th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography, Madison, WI USA. Oral. Runner up for award.

2009 Strey, Sara, Chapman, W.L., and Walsh, J.E.: Effects Of An Extreme Arctic Sea Ice Minimum On the Northern Hemisphere Atmosphere During Late Autumn and Early Winter. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA USA. Poster.

2009 Strey, Sara, Mills, C.M.: Does Less Class Time Result in Deeper Learning? Promoting Higher-Order Thinking through Teamwork in Blended Learning. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference Bloomington, IN USA. Oral.

2010 Strey, Sara, Chapman, W.L, and Walsh, J.E: Local and Mid-Latitude Response of the Northern Hemisphere Atmosphere to the 2007 Sea Ice Minimum. Oslo Science Conference International Polar Year 2007-2008, Oslo, Norway. Oral. Award received.

2011 Strey, Sara, Charlevoix, D.J.: Evaluation of Student Success in Large Enrollment Blended Learning. 91st American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting Seattle, WA USA. Oral.

2012 Strey, Sara T., Brosnan, I., Dahl, J., Lembke-Jene, L., Metuzals, K., Pearce, C., Riemann-Campe, K., Roberts, P., Valkonen, J., and Vanek, S.: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and the Forecasting of Arctic Futures. International Polar Year Conference 2012 Montréal, Canada. Poster.

2012 Strey, S.: Cold Air Outbreaks over the Gulf Stream and Possible Implications for Arctic Ocean Circulation. International Polar Year Conference 2012 Montréal, Canada. Poster.

2012 Strey (-Mellema), S.: Cold Air Outbreaks over the Gulf Stream and Implications for Arctic and North Atlantic Ocean Circulation. Arctic Ocean Model Intercomparison Project/ FAMOS. Wood’s Hole, MA USA. Poster.

2013 Strey, S., Atmospheric Processes and Global Climate Connections at Arctic Science Summit Week in Krakow, Poland. Session Chair.

2013 Strey, S., and Walsh, J.E., Northern Hemisphere Atmospheric Response to Variations in Arctic Sea Ice. The Northern Hemisphere Polar Jet Stream and Links with Arctic Climate Change Workshop. Reykjavik, Iceland. Oral, invited.

2013 Strey, S., Investigating the Impacts of Cold Air Outbreaks over the Gulf Stream on the MOC and Arctic Ocean Inflow. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA USA. Oral.

2013 Strey, S., Atmospheric Boundary Layer Simulations during Cold Air Outbreaks Over the Gulf Stream. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA USA. Oral.

2015 Strey, S., Recurring Cold Winters over the Gulf Stream and Implications for Northern Hemisphere Ocean Circulation. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA USA. Poster.

2017 Strey, S., Cold Air Outbreaks over the Gulf Stream and Implications for the North Atlantic Ocean. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting Seattle, WA USA. Oral.

2018 Strey, S., and Cavallo, Steven M., Investigating the Relationship Between Summer Cyclones in the Arctic and Local Changes in Sea Ice Characteristics Through Observations. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Washington, D.C. USA. Poster.


Awards and Honors:

2008 Selected to Attend the International Arctic Research Center Summer School on Arctic Climate modeling in Fairbanks and Barrow, Alaska USA.

2009 Received the Ogura Student Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. (Departmental award).

2010 Received the Association for Polar Early Career Scientists Oslo Science Conference Stipend.

2010 Received the Excellent Student Presentation Award in Linkages between Polar Regions and Global Systems at the 2010 International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference.

2011 Received the Ogura Student Research Paper Award in Recognition of an Exceptional Research resulting in an Outstanding Published Paper. (Departmental award).

2011 Achieved Teacher Ranked as Excellent by Their Students. (University of Illinois honor).

2012 Received Association for Polar Early Career Scientists IPY Montreal stipend.

2012 Achieved Teacher Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (University of Illinois honor).

2013 Selected to Chair session on Atmosphere Processes and Global Climate Connections at Arctic Science Summit Week in Krakow, Poland.

2013 Invited speaker at The Northern Hemisphere Polar Jet Stream and Links with Arctic Climate Change Workshop.

2013 Achieved Teacher Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (University of Illinois honor).

2014 Achieved Teacher Ranked as Excellent by Their Students with outstanding ratings (University of Illinois honor).

2015 Selected and served as a review panelist for a National Science Foundation Program Solicitation

2016 Invited as a seminar speaker at the University of Wisconsin Madison Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences Colloquium.

2016 Selected and served as a review panelist for a National Science Foundation Program Solicitation



Selected Professional Affiliations:

Member: American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, Association for Polar Early Career Scientists

President: 2008-2009 Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Vice President/Secretary: 2010-2011 Department of Atmospheric Sciences Student Organization, UIUC

Council Member: 2013-2014, 2015-2018. Association for Polar Early Career Scientists International

Reviewer: Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network, NSF Panels



Relevant Skills:

Undergraduate and K-12 science and mathematics instruction and community outreach.

Statistical Analysis:

Experience with statistical analysis including coursework and practical work including analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. Specific projects focused on analyzing ensembles of model simulations, weather system tracking algorithms, and analysis of survey data in education research, among others.

Relevant Datasets:
ERA-Interim, ERA5, Greenland Station Data, GFS Fnl, NARR, NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis, Arctic Systems Reanalysis, Various Satellite Observations (terrestrial, cryosphere, ocean, and atmosphere).

Data Formats:
Experience processing data in ASCII text, grib, netCDF, and shapefiles formats.

Operating Systems:

Linux/Unix, Mac OS, MS Windows

Programming languages and Frameworks:

Programming and scripting: Fortran, Python, Java, C++, NetCDF Operators, HTML and shell scripting.

Experience with Geographic Information Systems using ArcGIS and its ArcMap utility.

Extensive experience with commonly employed weather and earth systems models including the Weather Research and Forecast model Advanced Research WRF, the Model for Prediction Across Scales, and the Community Earth System Model.

Published experience using the NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research, US) Command Language, MATLAB, and Panoply to create charts and maps.

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