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About Darryl

When I was in 7th grade, I had a teacher who taught only to the top of the class. I had so many questions, but they were never answered to my satisfaction. I fell behind and became overwhelmed. My self-confidence began to slip away, and as the year went on I lost the motivation to try. I remember the crushing sense of failure and the shame that I experienced in feeling that I was not good enough.

Then I moved into a new classroom with a great teacher and everything changed. The teacher’s name was Mr. Pilpel, and he loved to teach. He didn’t make assumptions about how much we already knew. He paid attention to each kid in his class. He listened to us and tried to understand how we thought and where we were confused. Once he’d gotten it, Mr. Pilpel would patiently explain whatever was necessary in a way we could understand, leading his students from confusion to comprehension.

At the end of the year, I was able to get a grade of 100% on the New York State Board of Regents competency exam in algebra, one of only two at our school. The most important achievement, however, was getting back my self-confidence and finding a renewed belief in myself.

I’ve been in your children’s shoes, and now, as a tutor, I’ve put myself in Mr. Pilpel’s shoes. I have used this style of teaching in my seventeen years as a tutor, and it’s brought great success. Let me help your student go from confusion to comprehension!


DARRYL-proMy Education

BS, Biology, State University of New York at Stony Brook

My Teaching Experience

  • Instruction Associate, Life Sciences, Palomar College
  • Olive Vista Junior High School, Sylmar, CA
  • In-Classroom Math Specialist and After-School Math Lab instructor, Rancho Santa Fe Middle School
  • Tutor in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 throughout North County San Diego

Interested in experienced, empathetic in-home math tutoring for your child?
Call me today at 760-271-0147, or email darrylcifarelli@algebrageom.com