I have been teaching for about 15 years. Some of the time was part-time. I’ve really had a range of classroom experiences – private school, public school, middle school, high school and community college. Mostly, I’ve been teaching math. At the community college, I taught in the business department. I have a master’s degree in Economics, so I taught business courses and statistics.
Work-wise, I had a paper route when I was a kid, I worked as a dishwasher, a sales person, a make-up counter person, an analyst, a statistician, an economist and now, a teacher. Oh, yeah, and I was in the military when I was 19-20. I spent a year in Germany. That was a great year.
I’ve got some publications under my belt. I worked with great teams at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco and published works about the health care industry. Mostly, I provided statistical support and some technical writing. I’ve also written two theses. One for a master’s in Economics, on business location decisions, and one for a master’s in Education, on Algebra 2 as a gate-keeper course.
I’ve raised two wonderful daughters with my wonderful husband of 25 years. Raising children has helped me be a better person and a better teacher.
I love continuing to learn and develop as an educator. There are great professional communities out there including the California Mathematics Council, the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and Twitter (#mtbos, #iteachmath, etc). The most surprisingly useful for me lately has been Twitter. Sign-up on twitter if you haven’t, and search for people in your field. For math, search #MTBoS for some great resources, people to follow, etc. Get other teachers at your school to do the same. Grow together.
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