My personal happiness comes from helping others and serving our communities. Because I have skills in mathematics, I have been able to help thousands of students increase their academic self confidence in this subject.
I have a passion for mathematics, and I pursue it. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Southern Oregon University with a certification in Secondary Education. I continue to take graduate courses in Mathematics with over twenty-seven units of graduate math and math education courses.
It was in Environmental Science that the University of North Texas awarded me a Master of Science. This is my avocation, I care about the world and what happens to all things. I am interested in how everything connects.
My education has afforded me the opportunity to work both in the United States and internationally.
After teaching high school math for two years in Medford, Oregon, I joined the Peace Corps. I was fortunate to accept a placement in Papua New Guinea, where I completed my two-year contract and was head teacher before leaving. Following that experience, I became a math specialist for the non-profit educational organization, Project SEED. At Project SEED I delivered Socratic group discovery lessons and wrote and delivered professional development seminars. In this role, I worked alongside teachers and administrators to ensure that students were engaged and excited about math.
When I began graduate school I took a position with Karen Dillard's College Prep. There I wrote curriculum and acted as a director for a tutoring business. Both in that position and my subsequent consulting business, I was able to teach students how to master college entrance exams. I trained new teachers and wrote and updated curriculum. During this time, I also took on adjunct work at the Art Institute of Dallas. There I taught college students remedial math and environmental science.
My most recent experience was international. I have taught mathematics in both the UAE and in Sweden. In all the positions, I was able to share my passion for teaching with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and colleagues.
I specialize in inquiry-based teaching and have embraced the philosophy of growth mindset as I explore what motivates students to learn.
Undergraduate Degree: Southern Oregon University - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: University of North Texas - Master of Science, Environmental Science
I am interested in travel and do so at any opportunity. I have travelled to 53 different countries and enjoy learning the local culture while I am there. In my free alone time, I practice yoga and meditation. The outdoor activities that I like include hiking, camping, water sports, trekking, biking, and backpacking. When with friends I enjoy cooking, converstations and board or card games.