13 years of teaching math in public schools in Metro Detroit and Los Angeles. I currently teach 6th grade math, Accelerated, co-teaching 6th grade and Algebra 1 in San Dimas California. I currently am the Integrated 1 math coach for Bonita Unified Schools. This leadership position has afforded me the opportunity to work with the high school and middle school teachers to plan, coach and create meaningful, conceptual lessons for our teachers of Integrated. I work alongside the other math coach to plan and hold monthly in-service meetings with all of the Math 1 teachers. The best part about my job is that I am still in the classroom 60% of the day teaching Integrated Math 1 to my with graders and Accelerated math to a class of 6th graders. You can say I have the best of both worlds. In my free time, I enjoy writing, dancing, going to the movies, beach and most importantly going on adventures with my family.
My teaching style has evolved in to a balance of both teaching as a facilitator using conceptual practices and discovery learning with that of procedural knowledge and direct instruction. I do not feel the two are mutually exclusive, and if done with careful planning, can lead to optimal student understanding as well as a positive learning experience, increased confidence and motivation. The Common Core standards have confirmed my belief about how mathematical knowledge is acquired and secured. I've taught with a "Common Core friendly" curriculum for 9 years and direct instruction for two in California and am excited to marry the two methods and take the best from each to teach my students about the amazing and powerful discipline of mathematics!
Teacher of the Year 2016 (Lone Hill Middle School) Teacher of the Year 2010, (South Lake Schools) Galileo Teacher Leadership Honoree, Academic Presidential Scholarship Awardee
B.S. Mathematics Education, Wayne State University, Summa Cum Laude (2003) M.A.T, Marygrove College (2005) Summa Cum Laude M.Ed Leadership, Concordia University (2013) Summa Cum Laude
I am owner and CEO of my new company, Connect Core featuring the self published MaTh LABS program. The company will also be creating an online learning program, an app for students and will expand to grades 3-5 in addition to Algebra 1 and Integrated Math 1. Connect Core also owns, Smart Kids, coming 2017!