I currently live in Colorado and have been teaching secondary math (mostly in middle school) for 15 years. Throughout my teaching I developed and implemented a supplemental writing curriculum called "Stella" that is a pen-pal correspondence between students and their new best friend - "Stella". I have presented this curriculum at NCTM and CCTM conferences and provide in-services and workshops to districts to teach other teachers how to effectively incorporate writing into their math curriculum.
My classroom balances direct instruction with guided practice, games, projects and activities. I believe the best initial response to most student questions is, "Great question! Who can answer that?" I also believe that the best question a teacher can ask after a correct answer is given is, "That's a perfect answer. Who can tell me how they got that?" The more students gain confidence in asking questions and sharing answers - the more willing they will become in taking risks in their learning. School and learning is not a spectator sport and consequently students are not allowed to take a passive role in my classroom. Participation is not optional. As a teacher - it is my job to engage every student and learner to make the experience of learning fun and accessible to everyone.
Best New Teacher in 1991 - Shaker Heights School District in Shaker Heights Ohio
I received my Maters in Education in Teaching and Curriculum in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1990. My Bachelors of Arts in Political Science was earned in 1988 from the University of Michigan. Go Blue!
I am married and live in Colorado with my three fabulous boys and adorable dog, Charlie ... who is also a boy! Clearly - my home is not lacking in testosterone. We enjoy skiing, camping, biking and rafting - and as a girl - I still LOVE to dance.