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This is a bundled unit on Quadratics I use in Algebra II. Much of the material could also be modified for use in Algebra I or Precalc depending on your curriculum guidelines. Formal evaluations include three unit quizzes and a unit test. I
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This unit bundle contains all the materials I have posted for Chapters 1 - 4. This unit is called Exploring Data and includes: Ch 1: Displaying and Describing Data Ch 2: Standard Normal Calculations Ch 3: Least Square Regression Lines Ch 4:
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Nationally Board Certified Teacher with 18 years experience teaching all classes from Pre-Algebra through AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics. Named the Maryland High School Math Teacher of the Year in 2011, I continue to blend the curriculum with technology to help both student engagement and comprehension.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in teaching both the theory with the math but also practical real-world uses of the current topic. These include a project with cryptology utilizing matrix multiplication, land navigation and trigonometry, and projectile motion and basic quadratics, to name a few. I also believe technology is important in education but should enhance a curriculum, not overpower it.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Maryland Council of the Teachers of Mathematics High School Teacher of the Year, 2011 Carroll County Outstanding Teacher Award, 2010 Northrop Grumman Weightless Flight of Discovery Recipient, 2007 Carroll County Outstanding Educator with Technology Award, 2007 Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Recipient, 2005 Semi-Finalist, Maryland Teacher of the Year, 2005 Carroll County Teacher of the Year, Carroll County (MD), 2005 Teacher of the Year, River Hill High School, 1997

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I started in the military and after moving into the National Guard, began working with a contract engineering firm. I realized my calling was in teaching and completed my certification. After teaching for 5 years, I needed a change and went into engineering sales work, primarily in the manufacturing sector. With the birth of my daughter, I wanted to spend more time at home but also realized how much more I coudl do in the classroom than in a manufacturing plant. After only two years back in the classroom, I was named Carroll County's Teacher of the Year and was a Maryland Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Army Officer, U.S. Army (Captain) Field Artillery Over 2 years experience in engineering sales, primarily with Firtune 500 manufacturing companies