10 years teaching experience at title 1 schools in Houston, Texas and Honolulu, Hawaii. My specialty is Algebra for 9th grade students but have also taught Pre-algebra and Geometry. I have taught regular, honors, AVID, and Algebra 1 for repeaters. Presenter at the Hawaii Council of Math Teachers Conference o February 2012 “Best Practices – Factoring Trinomials.” o February 2011 “Motivational Activities for Algebra 1” o February 2010 “Tackling Real World Problems.” o April 2011 “Motivational Activities for Algebra 1” Mentored 2 student teachers in collaboration with the Hawaii Pacific University during the 2010-2011 school year. · Guest speaker at the Aldine district new teacher orientation and training day Fall
My teaching style utilizes Powerpoint to create lessons that are very clean, clear, and with graphics students from the back of the classroom can read. Each Powerpoint lesson includes animated examples which are presented to students in a step by step process. Examples are introduced in a procession from easy to hard making logical jumps students can follow. After each example is demonstrated the students are prompted to practice for mastery by doing multiple guided practice problems. I developed my own curriculum utilizing "best practices" I have developed from my own inspiration, educational resources, colleagues, and from professional development opportunities. Worksheets, warm-ups, foldables, games, portfolio activities, and inquiry based lessons are also used through out the school year in my classroom. Many of the schools I have worked at have given my lesson plans to new Algebra teachers.
Having students from various educational, social economic, and cultural backgrounds continuously telling me are "Your the first math teacher I've ever understood!" is best best award I could ever receive.
Certification in Secondary Mathematics 7 – 12 for Hawaii – 2006 – present Certification in Secondary Mathematics Teaching 6 – 12 for Texas – 2002 – 2006 Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education 1997 – 2002. University of Iowa, Iowa City, U.S.
Currently living in the Netherlands with my husband and looking for work at the international schools. I miss having students but I'm taking this short break to put my resources up for others to use. My hobbies include snorkeling, hiking, crocheting, reading, traveling, and sending letters & cards to friends back in the states. Use every summer to visit my parents on the farm.