I’ve been following the Math Twitter Blog-o-sphere for years, but until now, I haven’t felt strongly about blogging myself. I’m heading to Twitter Math Camp this summer, so I figured there’s no time like the present to start blogging. Here’s a little about me.
I went to a public high school. I earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics as an undergraduate. For the next few years, I spent most of my time just spinning my wheels. Four years on my local district’s Board of Education reignited a passion for education that I had before college, so I completed a one-year master’s in education. I did my student teaching at an all-boys Catholic high school. Despite never thinking I’d have anything to do with a private school – let alone a religious one – I found the experience to be extremely powerful. After graduation, I found a job at an all-boys private high school. Again, I never thought I’d teach anywhere other than a public school, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. I spent three years at that school, taught geometry, algebra 2, and pre-calculus, and coached both cross country and track and field. During my third year, I decided I wanted to try something new, so I looked for a job at a public school. My timing turned out to be excellent, and I interviewed for and was offered a position teaching 8th grade math at my alma mater. Going from an all-boys private high school to a co-ed public middle school challenged me more than anything else I’ve ever done in my life. Now I’m two years in, and I can say that changing jobs was the best decision I’ve ever made. I look forward to every day, and I’m excited to use blogging as a way to become a better teacher!