Grade/subject: Algebra II at Westfield High School
Number of years teaching: Six
Background/schooling: Mooresville (Ind.) High School; bachelor’s from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s from Ball State University.
Why did you become a teacher? I wanted to do something with my life where I could have an influence. I love that teaching allows me to work with hundreds of different students every year. Teaching consistently changes – sometimes you never know what is going to happen. It’s exciting.
What goals do you have for your students? As high school students, I want my students to be able to have an articulate, meaningful conversation with adults and each other. I want my students to understand the importance of not limiting themselves and their options. I want them to understand that we, as teachers, want the best for them and we are preparing them for anything they may choose to do in their lives.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? It is natural to try and sympathize with your son/daughter and tell them that you weren’t good at math, either. Please don’t say this. Your children almost always take this as you saying math isn’t essential to be successful. Instead, help guide your child to seek out the right resources when they struggle. Period 6 at the high school is the simplest way to get help along with peer tutors, “moodle” and other teacher-implemented strategies.
What is your favorite movie? “Up.”
Who is your favorite musician or band? Zac Brown Band
What’s something your students might not know about you? In high school, I struggled with math and had to work for my grade. Although I did well, math didn’t always come naturally for me. I think this helps me relate to my students.