I am a mathematician (actuary) that decided to grow a conscience and teach math! I have a degree in mathematics and a masters in actuarial science and education. I have taught all courses at the high school level and math for elementary teachers at the university. I have taught middle school math for a gifted and highly gifted magnet. I was a math trainer for 4 years as well.
My teaching style is inquiry based mathematics where students build their own knowledge. I try to avoid procedural teaching as much as possible, but encourage students to develop working procedures on their own. As a teacher, I believe in being a facilitator rather than the "sage on the stage." I love hands-on manipulatives, games, songs, plays, centers, or whatever engages my current batch of students.
Excellence in Education, News 4, Teacher of the Month, February 2013. Presidential Award State Finalist, 2008, presented by NSF. Outstanding Math Educator of the Year, 2007, NNMC. Influential Educator, WCTA,2000 Best of Education, Reno Gazette Journal, Runner-up (2000). Student Council Advisor of the Year, State of Nevada, 1998.
University of Nevada, Reno - Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, 1996 University of Connecticut, Storrs, Graduate work in Actuarial Science, 1992-1993. University of Nevada, Reno, BS, Major in Mathematics, Minor in Business Administration, 1992
Published children’s book The Underachievers which teaches fractions, 2012. Student Learning Facilitator Program Trainer, 2008-2011. Created the Homework Resource Guide and The Proficiency Project Resource, 2010. Article Published for Leadership Magazine, March 2007 issue, “Recipe for Success” Article Published for Leadership Magazine, May 2002 issue, “Creating an Award Winning Workshop” Article Published for Leadership Magazine, October 2000 issue, “Risky Business” NNWP Consultant (2000) – Published 4 articles on writing in mathematics in the Writing Across the Curriculum Guide, 2005 Edition.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Social Studies - History, World Language, Arts & Music, Gifted and Talented, Statistics, Word Problems, Decimals