Welcome to the Academy! I care about my students and want them to become independent, self-directed learners, set their own goals on their way to a deadline, and keep trying until they have reached a goal. Lebron James says "You can't be afraid to fail, it's the only way you succeed." Albert Einstein said, "Failure is success in progress." Making a mistake (using what we know and failing) opens our eyes and prompts us to learn a new way that will succeed. I want my students to learn the skill of persistence in the face of failure, and to learn from their mistakes. This is perhaps the MOST IMPORTANT skill I wish to teach my students, even though it does not appear on any of their course Learning Target lists. This is why I have adopted Standards Based Grading in my classroom. The very nature of SBG and re-assessment seem to promote this continual striving to get better instead of being satisfied with mediocrity.
The SBG process allows students to take ownership of their learning as they demonstrate mastery of all concepts and progress at their individual pace. Students must demonstrate their proficiency with each learning target before they can progress to the next concept or skill. Student learning experiences integrate a variety of activities including the Interactive Student Notebook; hands-on, partner, and small group activities; online math practice and research; in-class practice and reflection; 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 an online assessment, work on projects, practice not completed in class, reviews for assessment, reflections on lessons and progress, or more traditional homework practice assignments. Students claiming to have "no homework" on a week night should be reviewing their ISN and completed assignments to prepare for upcoming skill tests. Students will complete several skill tests each week as they progress, but no more than one per day. Cumulative benchmark assessments will take place at the end of each quarter. Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency of each learning target and develop their higher order thinking and 21st Century skills.
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.