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With more than 18 years of teaching experience, I bring a great blend of knowledge, compassion, and enthusiasm to discussions with students.  My students know me as a patient, caring, encouraging, and inspiring teacher; and because of this, I have developed a longstanding, positive rapport with students.

I have had the privilege of working with students in grades 5-12 and in all levels of math typical for these grades.  From Prealgebra to Calculus I and II, the rewards have been rich while helping students build their confidence and unlock their own potential.  I have earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in secondary math education; but the most profound personal and professional growth has come from working with over 1200 students in my teaching career.  Each student offers a unique way of thinking mathematically; and working with the individual student is what has inspired me most as a teacher.

My Credentials
Areas of Expertise

Ruth Kivisto - M.Ed, B.S. in Math Education

18+ years of teaching experience, both classroom and online

Master of Education in Mathematics - University of Minnesota Graduate School

Thesis:  Connecting Data-Driven Student Goal-Setting with an Increase in Academic Achievement

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education - University of Minnesota College of Education

Suvi - Master of Happiness

Suvi studied human interaction during her lifetime.  As a result of those studies, she knew how to boost morale, lighten the mood, was a great foot warmer under my desk, and was the inspiration behind the start-up of The Math Blackboard because of her constant reminders to "Do what you love and Love what you do!" 

Suvi is also the inspiration behind a product line of handbags - and soon-to-come home decor.  See for more information.


Ruth is extremely bright, patient with her students, and excellent at breaking down difficult concepts into understandable steps.  I cannot recommend her more highly.  

  • ACT test prep
  • Calculus I and II
  • AP Calculus AB and BC
  • Precalculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Algebra I & II
  • Prealgebra
  • General Math
  • Problem Solving