I have enjoyed teaching for 20 years and have taught all the core subjects 3rd-8th. My focus for over a decade has been mathematics, and robotics for grades 4 - 8. For 13 years I have collaborated with Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Academy developing curriculum and coaching a middle school First Lego League team. I have taught undergraduate and graduate classes at The University of Pittsburgh & Carlow University and have mentored university education students since 2000. Recent presentations include: "Using Fantasy Football to Teach Mathematics"- Pittsburgh Association of Independent Schools Conference; and "Using Robots to Teach Mathematics" - National Association of Laboratory Schools International Conference.
I strive each day to inspire my students to pursue their passions and to impart to them the knowledge and confidence they need to become the artist, the mathematician, the engineer. . . the life-long learner who never stops making connections and positively contributing to the world around them.
*Golden Apple Teaching Award 2012 - Diocese of Pittsburgh *Most Inspirational Teacher 2012 - National "Grow Your Own Business Challenge" Winner *Robotics Coach Award 2004 - Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Academy
Master of Arts in Teaching - University of Pittsburgh; Bachelors of Fine Art - Southern Illinois University; Mid-Level Math Certification 7-9
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Specialty, Math, Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Science, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Computer Science - Technology, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, For All Subjects, Summer