About Cajthaml...
Position: Math
Room: 90
Phone: (480) 883-4690
Email: Cajthaml

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Welcome!

Welcome to Santan Junior High School!! My name is Tiffany Cajthaml and this year I will be teaching 7th grade math on Team 7A, Cal State Aftershock. I can't wait to meet every one of my students and look forward to developing an engaging relationship with them and and help them discover meaningful math understanding and concepts. My husband, Brandon and I have two beautiful children,Colin and Chloe. We also have two dogs, Russ and Rhino. Life keeps us busy! This will be an amazing year!

My Education and Professional Background

"I attended the University of Iowa and received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing in 1998. Later, I attended the University of Phoenix and received my teaching certificate in 1998.I began my teaching career in 1998 at Andersen Junior High School in Chandler where I taught math and held various leadership positions for 10 years. In 2008, I resigned to stay home with my kids. When both kids were back in school in 2013 and were living in a suburb of Chicago, I went back to work as a long term substitute teacher in special needs and then worked with high school special needs students. Since then, I have worked with high school special needs students in Illinois and Ahwatukee. I am excited to be returning to the mathematics classroom this year!

My Educational Philosophy

WHY I TEACH:
Serve as a mentor and coach
Encourage lifelong learning
Share my enthusiasm for learning
Improve math literacy
Show that creativity and fun are parts of learning

WHAT I TEACH:
Student responsibility and accountability
Critical, creative, and bold thinking
Questioning
Problem Solving
Communication
Math is for everyone

HOW I TEACH:
Differentiated instructional strategies
Consider learning styles
Use technology for instruction
Student access to real life problems and technology

HOW I MEASURE MY EFFECTIVENESS:
Reflective practice
Authentic formative and summative assessments
Seek the advice and feedback of colleagues
Communicate with students and parents
Quality student relationships
 

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