Degrees and Certifications:
‣Bachelor's of Science in Education from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota ‣Washington State Certification in Secondary Mathematics from St. Martin's College in Lacey, Washington ‣South Carolina Professional Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Mathematics and Middle Level Math, Science, and Social Studies.
My goal is for all of my students to succeed and I will do my very best to give extra help and encouragement to them.
I am looking forward to implementing a discovery format to get students to detect and discern how mathematical concepts work as they try out various introductory activities designed to challenge and explore what the topics mean in their own thinking. Their next step will be discuss how their peers look at the challenges and how they have developed their ideas about how to solve the task. I will attempt to lead students to understand how the concepts and work and why they work without using "tricks" and shortcuts. I welcome students to come in after school for extra tutoring for as short a time as 10 minutes or for much longer time periods as needed.
My experiences in education range from teaching a one room school (8 grades in a classroom) in a small parochial school in Oklahoma to middle school level self-contained classrooms in Wisconsin during the 80's and 90's. After gaining my high school math credentials in the state of Washington, I have had the opportunity to work near Puget Sound in Washington, on the beautiful coast of Oregon, and for the past 13 years in SW Washington state where our staff was able to improve our graduation rates going back a dozen years from the mid 60%'s to a range of 93%-96% the past five years using research and data to change they way we taught and the way students learned. I am eager to implement the same types of "best practices" with my Algebra 2 students (first semester) and Intermediate Algebra students (second semester).
My favorite emails are from parents of students. Parents, please let me know if you have concerns or questions as getting answers is one more step towards your students' successes.
Office Hours: Nearly any afternoon after 3:15 PM.