I'm Mrs. Judie York this is my fourth year at Casteel. I have been teaching since 1994, taking breaks to raise our family. I live with my husband Jeff and our 12 year old daughter Suzie (7th grader at Casteel). We have twin sons Chris and Kyle who were in Casteel’s first graduating class (2019) and are now college guys. We have an older daughter Haley, son-in-law Sean, and adorable grandson Blaise. I love movies, sports, animals, chocolate, classic rock, and going on adventures with our family.
My Education and Professional Background
Teaching is my second career, and favorite one by far! I graduated from Penn State with a major in Industrial Engineering (go Nittany Lions!) and worked in the private sector for several years. After making the decision to teach, I earned a second bachelor's degree in Education and taught in the Baltimore Area Public Schools. We moved to Phoenix in 1998 and I attended ASU to get my master's degree in math education. Here in Gilbert I raised our family and taught in online schools before joining the staff at Casteel.
My Educational Philosophy
Sometimes, teaching math can be like selling something no one wants to buy! On the other end of the spectrum, you have kids that love math and just can’t get enough. My ultimate goal is to meet students where they are in their math learning and help them GROW. And grow in confidence as well as skill! I also believe that any high school class should be a class in life – how to behave as a responsible, respectful citizen. My former students will tell you I am an old-school stickler for manners, especially appropriate language. And they will (hopefully!) tell you that I would move heaven and earth to help them meet their goals.
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