This is my second year teaching at Crittenden, and I love the community here! I have taught 5th, 6th and 7th grade math. I am excited to be teaching 8.0 and 8.1 this year.
Middle school years can be a very challenging time for students. 8th grade math, in particular, can add to that challenge since many new concepts are introduced. My philosophy of teaching is based on the belief that there is no such thing as a "math person". Everyone can learn math. Failure and mistakes are an important part of doing math. No one is born understanding math. It takes hard work, perseverance, and lots of mistakes.
A little about me: I was born in Washington DC, but spent most of my growing-up years living overseas, including Nairobi, London, Paris, and Naples. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Math, graduate work in Classical Literature, and a Teaching Credential from Cal State Monterey Bay.
I have had multiple careers, including IBM programmer and marketing rep, elementary school music teacher, and finally my dream job: math teacher here at Crittenden! I love teaching middle school kids and am excited to be a part of the Crittenden family.
My husband and I have three daughters, all of whom attended Mountain View High School. I talk a lot about these girls, so here is a photo of them.
My interests include music, yoga, and dance.
On the weekends, you'll find me cooking at home, hanging out with my family and friends, or drinking a Mint Mojito at Philz.
Every year, I travel to NY to visit my mother. This year, we went to the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
We have a Mediterranean tortoise named Rocky. He runs very fast (believe it or not!) and loves to play tag. He is always "it".
My Teaching Philosophy
Mistakes grow your brain.
There is no such thing as a "math person"; everyone can learn math.
Math is a highly visual, creative, and collaborative subject.
Everyone sees math differently, and all ideas are valued and heard.
Different students learn in different ways.
Hard work and perseverance lead to positive results.
A learning community should be safe, collaborative, and fun.
In addition to the math content that we will focus on this year, we are also responsible helping students learn how to persevere in problem solving, identify patterns in data, communicate their reasoning, and more. Read more by clicking here.
Throughout the year, we will emphasize the importance of a growth mindset: that you can learn anything, that embracing challenge helps your brain grow, and that failure is an important part of learning. Click here for more information.
Eureka Math is the curriculum that we have adopted. Students will receive a printed work/text to have as a resource, but these materials are also available online in their entirety. Please register with Great Minds to gain access.