*Education:*

Bachelor's in Mathematics from Benedictine College

Master's in Education from Framingham State College

Teacher Certification from the University of New Mexico

*Philosophy:*

My classroom is a student-centered space. The students engage in structured cooperative learning, when possible, to promote their ability to communicate and collaborate about math. A very wise professor once told me that you never really learn math until you teach it. Allowing students to explain their reasoning makes them more apt to remember and apply what they learn. My hope is that students recognize that math is applicable to many aspects of their lives and that they might actually enjoy studying it. In addition, I want my students to develop a growth mindset. Everyone can do math if you just work at it. You may struggle at times, but that struggle is a part of learning.

*Summer:*

This summer I went to Kansas for my grandma's 90th birthday and a my cousin's wedding. My husband and I went to southern Utah to go hiking in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. At the beginning of June and the end of July I taught the ACT Math Prep course. To increase my skills as a teacher, I attended two workshops. One was a week-long workshop on teaching statistics and the other was a day about differentiation. Along with both of these professional development workshops, I also took an online course through Stanford on how to teach math. I am thrilled to be back at school to implement all of the new ideas I learned about this summer. This year I will be teaching 7th Grade Advanced Math, 8th Grade Algebra I, and Year I (Algebra II and Geometry). I can't wait to meet all of my new students and continue the mathematical journey with those who I had last year.