I am beginning my third year as a full-time public school teacher. I spent my first year teaching 7th grade at a Title 1 middle school in Houston and nearly quit in the middle of February. Some how I managed to land a job teaching 8th grade and algebra in suburban Round Rock the year after where I intend to stay for the foreseeable future. I've met with considerable success in Round Rock and have started making much of my own content, all of which is directly aligned to the TEKS which are themselves based on common core. I also teach number sense.
I use a combination of direct instruction and student led facilitation though I have yet to master either style or get the ratio right. Students need incentives, direction, crystal clear expectations, and space to figure things out for themselves so I try to provide those things.
I won a fellowship for an essay I wrote about disparate student motivations when I was in graduate school but otherwise nobody has noticed me in any official capacity.
I earned a graduate degree from St. Edward's University in Mathematics Education with a specialization in algebra education, hold an undergraduate degree in Humanities, and have earned 28 hours worth of undergraduate level mathematics.
I play guitar, meditate, and get lost on the internet in my spare time.