I am currently teaching middle school math, after 8 years at high school. I enjoy my middle school students, as I love their enthusiasm to learn! Teaching students as they first learn Algebra skills is a rewarding experience. I also enjoy teaching the struggling learners, as I find it challenging and rewarding to explore a variety of teaching methods to fit all learning styles.
I believe students need to connect with the math, using real life and hands-on methods. Tactile learning is key for many struggling students. Talking about math, sharing their learning, and teaching others encourage students to enjoy their math experiences and increases their ability to learn.
I had a student a few years ago whose attitude towards math and ability in math was at an all time low. It was his second year of Algebra 1, having missed most of his freshmen year to detention. I noticed he would excel if I could guide his every step. He lacked confidence to complete anything on his own. After a conference with parents we set him up with a tutor. Walking him through his homework began boosting his confidence in the classroom. He passed the state math test for the very first time in his academic career.
I switched careers from computer programmer to math teacher when my own children started school. I earned my teaching certificate from Pacific Lutheran University after earning a bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College.
Having worked outside the teaching profession, I have a true understanding of just how rewarding teaching can be. No other job can compare to teaching. I can be creative, goofy, and structured, all at the same time!