Math instruction at the Academy is focused on "mastery learning." Students are required to demonstrate mastery of each concept/skill before they can progress to the next. Student learning experiences integrate a variety of activities including the Interactive Student Notebook, hands-on activities, online math practice and research, in-class practice individually and in small groups, homework, formative and summative assessments, and project-based products.
Students are expected to complete 20-30 minutes of math work outside of class each day (Monday through Thursday). This work may include the use of video or other online resources, taking notes, completing online assessments, work projects, practice not completed in class, reviews for assessment, and more traditional homework practice assignments. Students claiming to have "no homework" on a week night should be reviewing the completed assignments in their interactive notebooks to prepare for upcoming mastery assessments. Students will complete several mastery check quizzes each week as they progress. Cumulative assessments will take place periodically and at the end of each quarter. The focus for instruction is development of higher order thinking skills (HOTS) and mastery of each learning target. Students will be given multiple opportunitites to demonstrate mastery.
I look forward to working with you to ensure your student's success. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. The best time to reach me by telephone is during my planning period (7:40-8:35). You may also email me any time.
Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (2009)
Nova Southeastern University
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (1997)
Western Kentucky University
Associate in Science in Mathematics (1990)
Coastal Carolina Community College
In 1991, I began teaching kindergarten and preschool for the Department of Defense in Okinawa, Japan. Since returning to the United States in 1995, it has been my privilege to teach math at the middle school, high school, and university levels. This is my eleventh year at the Academy. Getting to know students individually and working with them one on one is my favorite part of teaching in this setting.