My experience teaching mathematics, technology skills, education, and love of students make me a strong candidate to teach in any school. Through the past 13 years of teaching, being part of the moment of revelation for students when they finally “get it,” makes it all worth it. Breaking down difficult mathematical concepts is my strong suit. Drawing out strong problem solving skills within each student has empowered them to be independent mathematicians in and out of my classroom. I work hard to incorporate my love of math, pedagogical knowledge, and technological knowledge to bring out the best problem-solving students suited for success.
Though I have been teaching since 2005, I’ve continued to learn. Beyond typical professional development, I’ve attended the Core Academy to know the newly reorganized standards. Starting in 2016, I’ve upped my game by deepening my knowledge of technology, pedagogy and mathematics. To stay on top of the most effective instructional techniques (pedagogy) and technologies, I found Michigan State University’s Masters of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program. The courses challenged me and taught me to be a more effective teacher with the help of technology. Please learn about my entire MAET experiences here. To sharpen and strengthen my mathematical knowldege, I’ve become a Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcat by enrolling in their graduate certificate program in mathematics. Being a mathematical student again has been a challenge while continuing to teach and I’ve worked hard to really understand master’s level mathematics courses. My goal in this intense learning has been to be the best teacher of the best students out there.
Other achievements I am rather proud of is being an item writer and item evaluator for the SAGE. The SAGE is Utah’s state assessment program. The Utah State Office of Education hired teachers to participate in this process of writing the items, or questions, for the interim and end of level tests. This involved knowing the core standards we were trying to meet as well as the depth of knowledge we were writing to. Through this process, I learned the intricate details attended to in the standards for being able to write questions for them. I also learned better about depth of knowledge and how depth doesn’t mean how hard a question is.
In the 13 years of teaching I have, I’ve taught some amazing students, worked with talented teachers, and been under the helpful and watchful eye of some incredible administrators.
Please learn about my teaching experiences and see my resume for further details.