I have been teaching middle school mathematics for 19 years in a suburb outside of Chicago, IL. I am currently a member of the school instructional team. Part of my duties include facilitating math department meetings and team meetings. I have also been a lunch room supervisor for all of my 18 years. :) Before having my own children, I coached basketball and track. I am fortunate to be in a District that has started to provide time for teachers to collaborate through professional learning communities.
I believe in giving students an opportunity to learn each day. I enjoy having the students be active members in class. During each class, I try to incorporate time for students to have mathematical discussions, collaboration with peers and self-reflection. Through collaboration with my math colleagues, we also incorporate activities in which the students are moving throughout the classroom while completing activities. Students are encouraged to reflect on their mathematical understandings through writing. I offer students the option to learn from their mistakes by completing corrections to assessments. This way, the emphasis is on learning rather than the grade.
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My Bachelor of Science degree was in International Business and Marketing from Illinois State University. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration from National-Louis University.
I have a wonderful husband and two children. I swam in high school and college and enjoy completing triathlons. I come from a family of educators. My two talented sisters also teach middle school. My knowledgeable mother taught 5th/6th grade for her first twenty years of her career and has continued the next twenty in gifted education. She has been my mentor since I started in education.
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Arithmetic, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Social Studies - History, Other (Social Studies - History), Statistics, Word Problems, Problem Solving, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Mental Math, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, For All Subjects