Thank you for visiting my online teaching portfolio. I hope it gives you an idea of my perspectives, background, and goals as an educator.
I have been a secondary teacher for five years now. During this time, I have worked in a variety of educational settings and interacted with a variety of students. I have seen students who have given up on their education, and students who work hard toward their dreams and goals. I have been a confidant, a mentor, and a rock of stability in an otherwise shifting world.
As I've developed as a teacher, I've honed my understanding of mathematics as an object of instruction. As I work with students, I challenge myself to see mathematics as they do: To see their confusion and their frustration. I have found that if I were to simply assume the reasons for a student's confusion, I would often miss the mark. By listening to students as they work through their errors, I help not just those students but future students as well.
I am endorsed in the State of Michigan to teach Mathematics and English Language Arts at the secondary (6-12) level. I received my certification from Wayne State University as part of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, a program designed specifically for career-changers to teach in STEM fields. My current primary teaching interest is mathematics, as reflected in the documents in this site, but I am also interested in teaching English.
Prior to becoming a secondary teacher, I was in the business sector, with more than a decade of experience in database management, market research, and computer programming. In my corporate career, I consistently excelled in providing a solid understanding of mathematical concepts as they applied to my work. I also routinely developed educational materials such as training manuals. I believe the best society is one in which everyone shares their knowledge and expertise.