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Mrs. Howard (Math Interventions/Algebra)


Room Number: 207
Subjects Taught: Math Interventions & Algebra
Phone: 314-531-9820 ext. 1007

Meet the Teacher:
Hello! Welcome back if you are a returning La Salle student and family, and Welcome if you are a new La Salle student and family! We are so happy you have decided to be a valued member of our 2019-20 La Salle Middle School community!

My name is Mrs. Howard, and this is my 2nd year at La Salle, and my 15th year teaching math (and manners) to St. Louis students. Before coming to La Salle, I spent 13 years in St. Louis Public Schools, specifically in the south city at Long Middle School. Prior to that, I spent 20 years in retailing as a buyer, and department manager, for Macy's, Famous Barr, and Hallmark. 

I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1983 (yikes!) with a BA in History, and earned my teaching certification in middle school math from the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) in 2007. My Master's focus is in TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The teaching and learning strategies used to teach English-language learners are best practices that are easily extended and beneficial to students who use English as their indigenous language.

I have been married for 28 years, and have two grown children. My son graduated from college in May and is moving to New York City in early September. My daughter is beginning her sophomore year of college up in Minnesota. I have two pets: a clumsy cat with big blue eyes, and a crazy black lab. I am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and have lived in Missouri since 1979.

I love sports, especially baseball; my favorite teams are the St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers - and more recently the St. Louis Blues! I also love math/ word/ table puzzles, reading, cooking, photography, architecture, and history. And, of course, spending as much time as possible with my family.

We are going to have a great year learning and growing together. I am honored to have the opportunity to get to know our La Salle students and to help them grow in their math understanding, application, and confidence, as well as help them navigate the sometimes emotional challenges of teens! We will all make both academic and personal gains this school year!


Star Student of the Month:  Sam Holbrook-Williams

Sam had a GREAT first week!  He arrived on time to class each day, participated in a meaningful and constructive way, and completed his assignments thoroughly and thoughtfully.  He did not allow himself to be distracted by peers who took a little longer to settle in from the summer transition - he was an eager student from day one! 

Out side of school, Sam likes to play basketball, be on his phone, and he is very good  swimmer. He likes math because it is fun and not too hard for him - except he does not really like word problems. He gets homework help from his dad when needed.
This is my first year to have Sam in class, and he made a great first impression! Congratulations, Sam!  Thank you for setting a great example for your peers of how to work hard but still be a cool guy!  

Students in all three 7th grade sections and two of the three 8th grade sections will see me every other day for math foundations and enrichment. We will use quarterly Star Math Tests to identify learning gaps to the individual student level. 

Students and I will work with both individually and in small groups of to clear up misconceptions and to reteach skills that are unsecure. By focusing narrowly on specific deficits, we can build each student's math foundation which will then help his/ her understanding and performance of current grade level content.

Students in one of the three 8th grade sections will participate in High School Algebra first hour. These students will take 8th grade math from Ms. Leady so they do not miss content that is exclusively covered in 8th grade and not repeated in 9th. These students will have a second and challenging math class in lieu of a second Encompass class.

The course is rigorous and will require timely, daily attendance and active participation - we begin promptly at 7:52 am. The course moves quickly and there is required nightly homework - students who don't keep up will be dropped from the course; it is a high school credit course and therefore the grade will appear on their high school transcript.

Students in this class will take the 8th grade MAP, and take the Algebra 1 EOC their first year in high school. Students who pass this class may enroll in high school Geometry as 9th graders. 
Jayne Howard,
Aug 6, 2019, 9:48 PM
Jayne Howard,
Aug 6, 2019, 12:09 PM