|Subject / Grade:||Algebra I and Honors Algebra I|
|"When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me."|
|-- Mister Rogers|
I hope you are as thrilled as I am to be a part of Casteel High School where the staff works together to build and encourage Courage, Character, and Commitment. I can't wait to get to know each of my new students and to provide meaningful math experiences that will help each one to achieve success.
My Education and Professional Background
II was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I earned my BS degree from the University of Portland in Communications Management. I moved to Arizona in 1999 and earned my teacher certification from ASU. I earned my Masters in Educational Technology from NAU on May 11 of 2013. When I first graduated from college, I worked in banking for 12 years. I started teaching in the late summer of 2002 in Phoenix. I moved to the Chandler District in 2005 and taught both the 5th and 6th grade at Basha Elementary. I joined the Casteel Colts in 2015 and love teaching on the math team.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that math is a subject that should be enjoyed through participating in math experiences where meaningful learning takes place. Although some parts of math have to be memorized, most of our math learning comes from exploring math concepts so that we gain a deeper conceptual understanding of what we are doing and of why the traditional algorithms work. Math is not just a subject, but a way of thinking. It's important to help students connect what we learn in math to the useful real-life applications of the concepts.
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