I’ve been teaching since 1981: 24 years in a small, independent, arts-based school, 4 years in an alternate middle school (both in Pocatello, Idaho), and since 2008 as a math resource-teacher and coach in Waterbury, Connecticut. I have taught Math for all but 4 of those years, including all grades 1 through 8. I especially enjoyed the almost 20 years spent teaching Geography, History, and Science along with Math.
We learn by doing. I like my students to be doing things which connect the concrete with the conceptual.
No formal awards. My favorite moments have always been to hear (years later) of how well a student did in high school Math after entering my classroom hating the subject.
My original BA was in English Literature, and my original certification was in secondary English with a History/Geography endorsement. Go figure. I soon earned an elementary certificate, an M.Ed. in 1995, and after moving to Connecticut added the middle school Math endorsement.
Married with four children, now 23 – 31…a varied work background both before and in summers since beginning to teach…spent 5 years as a Teacher/Principal…22 years directing plays and have written 10 plays, mostly adaptations of stories or novels… There are more activities posted on my website: www.maththings.net