I have taught at the high school for 10 + years and taught at the middle school school for 5 years.. I have taught a wide range of math courses during that time from Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Algebra 2, and Geometry, to Consumer Math (Personal Finance). Students always want to know what is my favorite part of math, and I always answer "The part we are doing right now".
I like an active classroom where everyone is busy. If you stop in one day it will look like chaos, but it is a carefully orchestrated chaos that cleverly disguises all the learning that we are doing. I use a lot of activities -- and keep the kids moving.
I recently applied for and received a grant for $16,000 to puchase racing car simulators. Students design a race car engine online and then use the simulators to test their engines. My middle school classes that told me math 8 is too hard were using college level Algebra and Calculus to design those engines and had a great time.
I have a degree in Business Administration (accounting) and worked as an accountant for 20 years before changing careers and achieving my life long dream of becoming a teacher. I have a degree in Mathematics as well as a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I consider myself lucky. It took me awhile but I finally found the place I was meant to be.
In addition to my teaching duties, I mentor new teachers and also speak at conferences several times a year. I have spoken at Palm Springs each fall at the California Mathematics Council conference. This year I was honored to speak at the CTA good teaching conferences in both San Jose and San Diego. It is always a pleasure to speak with other teachers and be able to share some ideas about what is working in the classroom. Teachers are always so generous.
Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, PreCalculus, Trigonometry, Other (Math), Social Studies - History, Government, Math Test Prep, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Business, Statistics, Economics , Family Consumer Sciences, Word Problems, Problem Solving, Algebra 2, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Mental Math, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, For All Subjects, Summer, End of Year