About Judie York...
 Subject / Grade: Geometry
Room: A25 P3 - P5
Phone: (480) 424-8155
Email: Judie York 
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
-- Wayne Gretzky

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Hello! I'm Mrs. Judie York and it's my mission to make geometry awesome for my students. This is my second year at Casteel. I have been teaching since 1994, taking breaks to raise our family. I live just around the corner with my husband Jeff, our twin sons Chris and Kyle (seniors at Casteel) and our 10 year old daughter Suzie. We also have an older daughter Haley and will soon have a son-in-law Sean. I love movies, sports, animals,chocolate, and going on adventures with our family.

My Education and Professional Background

Teaching is my second career, and favorite one by far! I earned a BS from Penn State in Engineering (go Nittany Lions!) and worked in the private sector for several years. At that point, 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

Teaching math can be like selling something no one wants to buy! In fact, EVERY student can become proficient in math, and we all know that something becomes more fun if you know what you're doing. My goal is to create a classroom where students can ask questions and offer ideas without fear of ridicule. I also believe in making the math as concrete and relevant to real life as possible. To that end, I like to do a lot of hands-on activities and group work in addition to notes, homework, and tests. Ultimately I want students to leave my class feeling confident that they can do math.

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