I have taught for 5 rewarding years in Austin, Texas at a middle school that serves over 70% English Language Learners (ELLs) and over 95% of our students receive free or reduced lunch. I serve as the math department chair and am incessantly evaluating and adapting curriculum that best serves the needs of our students. I am currently teaching 8th grade math intervention classes solely, which means 0% of my 120 students passed the 7th grade math STAAR in 2015/16. It is challenging work, but I like the challenge!
I have created a self-paced, mastery-based curriculum this year for my 8th grade math intervention classes. I create video notes that my students watch before, during, or after class; then, students practice the concepts while using their notes, peers, and myself as guidance. Lastly, the students take a short, 5-question quiz to evaluate whether or not they are ready for the next concept. If not, they review the material with more of my guidance and re-take the quiz whenever ready. I have learned a tremendous amount during this process and I am very excited to continue improving my curriculum!
2011/12 Campus Teacher of Promise 2013/14 Campus Teacher of the Year Runner-Up 2016/17 Campus Teacher of the Year Finalist Math Department Chair Elected Campus Advisory Council Chairman
I graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Civil Engineering. After working for a few years as an engineer, I decided to change careers. I have always enjoyed working with kids, whether as a tutor, a substitute teacher, or a soccer coach. I love the dynamism of teaching-- every day is different! And, I no longer sit in an office in front of a computer screen!
I live and work in Austin, Texas where I enjoy biking, being outside, playing soccer, completing home projects, being in good company, and nerding out on finances (I am a math teacher, after all)!