I have been a mathematics educator for 30+ years, having served 4 of those years as a System Mathematics Specialist and 26 of those years in the classroom. I am entering my 31st year as an educator this coming school year. I have also taught several different college/university level math courses throughout the years in night school and in summer school. In recent years, I have taught workshops (with two college math professors) in the summers for the Eastman/Niswonger MathElites Program as a math instructor (teaching other math teachers in East Tennessee).
I believe that students should be taught mathematics conceptually, verbally, algebraically, geometrically, numerically, analytically, and technologically! All students learn differently, therefore, I strive to vary the ways that I present and teach various mathematical concepts.
Selected as the 1994 “Teacher of the Year” at Elizabethton High School in Elizabethton, TN; Passed the National Actuary Math Exam 100 (on first attempt) in spring of 1999; Selected (one of three area high school teachers) to serve in the "Research Experience for Teachers" (REU) program at ETSU in summer of 2001; Served as the 2004-2005 President-Elect of the Upper East Tennessee Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Served as the 2005-2006 President of the Upper East Tennessee Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Published (co-authored) a math article entitled "Two Ways of Drawing Cubes on Dot Paper Connect Students to Life Outside Their Classroom" in the 2012 February edition of "Teaching Children Mathematics" publication; Co-Host of MATHLINE on East TN PBS on July 21, 2017
BS in Business Administration (concentration: Operations Management + additional IE courses) from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1985 Master of Arts in Teaching (concentration: Mathematics) from East Tennessee State University, 1987 Completed an additional 60+ hours in Mathematics (graduate and undergraduate) and education courses from East Tennessee State University, 1988-2005 Educational Specialist (EDS) from East Tennessee State University, 2006
My interests include: • Mathematics • Astronomy • Architecture • Ancient Civilizations • Archaeology • Science Fiction • Theology