I have my B.S. in Secondary Education (Mathematics Option) with Honors in Curriculum and Instruction from the Pennsylvania State University, and my M.S. in Education (Classroom Technology) from Wilkes University. I spent my first 14 years of teaching in the Fleetwood Area School District where I taught all levels of mathematics, from Algebra I through AP Calculus. My husband's job required us to move to Ohio, where I was employed at the Linden McKinley STEM Academy in the Columbus City School District for 2.5 years until we moved back to PA. I finished off the school year as a maternity substitute in the Upper Merion School District, and then I was welcomed into the Great Valley family at the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
My husband and I have been married for 19 years, and our son, Christopher, is 13 years old and in 8th grade. Our two dogs, Finn (puggle) and Dusty (terrier mix) complete our family.
The Best Advice I can give to my students: I have been teaching math for over 2 decades; I've incorporated effective new strategies and technology into my instruction in order to help my students learn to the best of their ability. HOWEVER, I have found that no matter the academic level or content of the class, students who are successful do the following:
1. COMPLETE your assignments - Try ALL of the problems!!! Check the odd answers in the back of the book to make sure that you are solving them correctly (it is NOT cheating if you try to solve the problem first!). Even if you cannot finish a problem, you know where you got stuck, so you can ask questions the next day. The more you practice, the faster you finish problems, and the better you do on tests/quizzes because you are more confident in your problem-solving capability.
2. LISTEN to your teacher - if I tell you to write something down, or make a recommendation concerning a problem-solving process, it is because 9 times out of 10, that information will help you. If it does not, then I will work with you to find a process or explanation that will make sense to you. BUT - please try to take advantage of my years of experience to help you learn.
3. ASK questions as soon as you don't understand (become a self-advocate) - Trust me, at least 3 other students in the class will be glad that you asked that question. If you choose not to ask questions during class, then ask before you leave class, come see me for extra help (before or after school), ask for a pass to the Math Help Center, or ask a friend who understands the concept. It will also reinforce your friend's learning if they can explain it to you.
4. PARTICIPATE in class - active participation helps your brain move the information from short-term to long-term memory. What makes sense one day may not make sense a week later if you just sit and listen without contributing to the discussion. (I also call on students who do NOT raise their hand to make sure that they understand the material...)
Let's CLAP for success this year!!!! (I'm not normally a huge fan of acronyms, but this was too good to pass up!)