What do you teach at B’nai Shalom?
I teach 4th grade Math through Math1 (Algebra 1).
Why do you teach?
I have always felt that I could impact students by letting them know that I care about them. I love to see how their minds work and how they are able to express their thinking mathematically.
Why do you teach at B’nai Shalom?
I teach at B’nai Shalom because the school gives me the feeling of home away from home. My passion for teaching has been rejuvenated since joining the faculty. I love that I am able to teach children from 4th through 8th grade and watch them grow as math students. I feel honored to be able to teach at a school that is so family-oriented.
What do you want students to get from having known you?
I want my students to find a love and appreciation for mathematics. I enjoy showing students that math is all around them in their everyday lives. Many students approach math with the attitude that it is too hard or that they are not good at it. I have been given this great opportunity to teach students that they can succeed in math.
What is the most important life lesson students will learn in your class?
I want students to know that math will not always come easy to them, but everyone has the ability to do well in math. I want to be the person that shows them that they can be successful mathematicians.
What is the most important life lesson you have learned from your students?
Everyone has the ability to learn and grow. I have learned that I truly do make a difference in my students’ lives.
How do you teach to the way a child learns?
I try to find various strategies to use based on students’ learning styles. For example, some may learn better through models (manipulatives), other by continuous practice on the same topic. Throughout the year, students and I discuss how they learn best and what ways we can incorporate that into each concept.
What types of professional development have you completed in the past year?
This school year, I have attended the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) Annual Conference, the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) and completed the training for Math in Focus (Singapore Math) that we adopted this school year for K through 4th grade.
In what ways do you collaborate with other teachers?
I work with Lower School teachers in guiding their math instruction. It is important that we work together so that the students in K through 3rd grade are prepared for high level mathematics.