Finally putting my job aside to pursue my passion, I left engineering and completed both a Math degree (Dean's list) and a secondary math teaching license in 2013. I tutored my way through school and students, at a minimum, raised one letter grade. Most importantly they gained an appreciation of learning how to think, as I guide them through a process of understanding. Having taught in various middle and high school classrooms for the last four years, I understand what a teacher requires, ... [more]
Having taught Algebra I at the high school level and having taken a graduate level Algebra methods course have helped me build a repertoire of tools that students use to become proficient. Each learning path is unique, but the pyramid of knowledge, from the informal to generalized or abstract concepts, must be built. To this end, I strive to use multiple representations so the student can apply this knowledge.
I have a Math degree from the University of Colorado and I have also taken a graduate level course in teaching methods for Algebra from the University of Colorado, which has helped to build a repertoire of tools that students can access to become proficient in the subject. As each student's learning is unique, it is vital for teachers to understand the pyramid of knowledge from the informal to generalized or abstract concepts, and be able to apply this knowledge using multiple representations.
If not here, where else am I to brag about receiving the top grade in my class at CU Boulder? A fundamental knowledge base in my career as an engineer, Calculus finally puts together useful math on a vast number of professions. I realized the gaps in math education and obtained a BA in Math to complement my secondary math teaching license. After some years of tutoring, Calc has become my favorite subject!
French is almost my mother tongue as my school's full immersion in the language gave me the platform to further my studies in college. My mastery of French opened the door for multiple opportunities, such as a six-week professional exchange to Normandy sponsored by the Rotary club.
I have taught Geometry at a local High School, which has helped me to understand student's challenges with the subject.
Having taught 7th and 8th grade math using Common Core standards (Thunder Ridge Middle School, Centennial) revealed the knowledge gap most students experience. I have learned multiple models to explain concepts that accommodate various learning styles.
I tutored PreCalc in the Ozone program at Boulder High and have continued doing so for the last five years. It is a subject that spans the entire spectrum of Math in High School, and it has been a real treat to help students understand the big picture.
I started giving Spanish lessons during my lunch hour at work, while I was at Seagate. People loved it and so did I. Teaching caught my attention and I obtained a secondary teaching license with an endorsement in Spanish and French. I can use my own material or the schools to achieve understanding of the structure of the language. After that is just a matter of adding vocabulary!
Having taught Trig/Pre Calc as a student-teacher in a local high school helped my understanding of what and why students struggle with this subject. Going more in depth during my math degree has helped me better explain the concepts.
As a math major, I have taken Stats through the math dept at CU and a graduate methods Stats class from the Math Education curriculum. I have focused on Stats for much of my academic and professional life, having achieved Brown Belt certification in Design for Six Sigma for ten years working in the field of stats. I also recently obtained my teaching certificate in secondary math and I have tutored stats extensively in the past.
I ran a company called English in Boulder, and I taught English to students from Colombia. As a Secondary Math teacher I also studied the SIOP model for ELL.
As the treasurer of a 501(C)(3) organization, and having obtained A's both in Finance and Accounting from Regis University, and having spent hundreds of hours using QB Online and calling their help line, I love the opportunity to help others.
I have taken the Praxis as a prerequisite to becoming highly qualified to teach math in Colorado. I have HQ status since 2010.