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My name is Steven Gottlieb. I attended the College of Staten Island of The City University of New York from 1986-1990 where I earned my BS degree in mathematics under my advisor, Dr. M. Sormani. While at CSI I worked as a math tutor in the college's math lab under Professor L. Blois and at the SEEK center. I also did private math tutoring during these four years. After surviving the vigorous coursework at CSI I worked as a private math tutor full time from 1990-1994. At that time I entered a MA program in mathematics at the historic City College of New York of The City University of New York. While at CCNY I worked closely with my advisor, Dr. K. Hrbacek, until I earned my MA in May 1995. Although CSI had high standards, it was at CCNY where I was required to do more and better work than I was able to. I remember Dr. Hrbacek's reply when I asked him why I never get an A grade on my homework assignments- when students with weaker homework assignments did receive A grades. His reply was "I know you could do better". I've never seen a school with higher standards than CCNY. I have very fond memories of my times at both CSI and CCNY, especially CSI. My math professors at CSI were ALL perfect instructors and my professors at City College were just brilliant research mathematicians and superb instructors!
After finishing at City College (sometimes I feel that City College finished me) I adjuncted at many colleges in the New York City area from 1995-1999 while maintaining my tutoring business. In 1999 I landed my first full-time community college lecturing job and have been teaching ever since. In 2001 I pioneered live online math tutoring in the USA and it wasn't until 2005 that I started making math videos. My first video produced was pre algebra and in 2007 I started making prep videos which has been a huge success. I have some exciting things coming up for this year!