Junior high math classes don’t normally have lasting impacts on students, but mine did. My teacher’s enthusiasm for math and community involvement was infectious. I decided then to become a math teacher. So far, I’ve successfully taught for 13 years and have loved the students, the schools, and the people I’ve worked with. My hope is that my enthusiasm and community involvement infects students as well.
Teaching isn’t everything I do, however. Living in Utah, Montana, Virginia, Idaho,
California, Colorado, Michigan and Ecuador has afforded me an appreciation and love of different cultures and settings. My high school years saw me in a large high school in Salt Lake City, UT, a tiny multi-town school in Judith Gap, MT, and a medium sized high school in Berryville, VA. At Clarke County High School in Berryville, we somehow lucked out by having 11 exchange students going to our school. They became life-long friends and I’m still in contact with some of them today.
My post-secondary education started at Ricks College, now called Brigham Young Univeristy-Idaho as a mathematics major. One of my professors had a 7 in his deep smile lines, a detail I’ll never forget but many others probably never noticed. There I discovered the hard way that black ice on sidewalks is a thing. I took Spanish for the first time in my life and loved it. When a doctor from the health clinic advertised there was a group of volunteers going to work in Ecuador, I couldn’t resist.
As an 19 year old girl, I joined what is now called OSSO (Orphanage Support Services Organization). For the first few weeks, I lived in a Catholic orphanage in Cuenca, Ecuador. I then moved in with a local family where I could totally be immersed in the language. We volunteered in orphanages for young girls, another for babies and toddlers, and one for children with special needs. We also went into the mountains to daycares to teach proper hygiene and sanitation to the children and daycare workers. I love the people of Ecuador and cherish the time I had there.
At Brigham Young University in Utah, I learned how to teach mathematics, not just know it. Because I knew I wanted to be a math teacher, I could select my other classes with care to be sure I got a well-rounded education. Art history and linguistics were some of my favorite classes. graduated with a bachelor’s in Mathematics Education major.
I completed a Master’s in Educational Technology (MAET) from Michigan State
University in Ireland last summer. Now I have the skills to incorporate my love of math, pedagogical knowledge, and technological knowledge to bring out the best in students. One can’t help but notice how much students love technology and I would love to harness that toward their mathematical betterment and beyond.
Now I’m working on a Graduate Certificate form Indiana Wesleyan University in Mathematics. I have just completed my 4th class and am working on my 5th, which is in Modern Geometries.
Family and friends are important to me. I come from a family of 5 daughters. I have two
cats and two chickens. I enjoy hiking, travel, learning new things, genealogy, languages, playing games, and dancing, to name a few.
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