I have been teaching high school mathematics for eight years, everything from Applied Mathematics to Pre-Calculus. For the past 5 years I have specialized in teaching mathematics to students at-risk for school failure or with special needs. I have presented at local and regional conferences for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM); The International Council for Learning Disabilities Annual Conference; The Annual Conference on Collaborative Teaching; and conducted local professional development sessions.
I work primarily with at-risk learners. Many of them have learning disabilities or for a variety of reasons do not have sound foundational math skills. I break concepts into smaller skills and steps and make use of color, manipulatives, and physical movement. In short, I try to make math FUN for students who have developed a hatred for it.
Member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Council for Learning Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics
BA in Mathematics and English, University of North Dakota, 1996; BSEd in Secondary Education, University of North Dakota, 2000; MAEd in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Special Education and Collaborative Teaching, The College of William & Mary, 2007
My research interests focus on making higher mathematics accessible to at-risk students by stressing foundational competencies, developing learning and behavioral strategies, and by using engaging activities and solid instructional strategies. "It's in the Cards", an article detailing a classwide management tool designed to increase academic behaviors in at-risk students is in press with Intervention in School and Clinic.