Total Years Taught: 22
Other places taught besides SBHS: Essex High School; American School of Warsaw (Poland), Leysin American School (Switzerland), Shelburne Community School, St. Francis Xavier School, Saint Michael’s College, Community College of Vermont
Years at SBHS: 5th year
Other jobs besides teaching math at SBHS: Varsity Soccer Coach, Waitress, Bartender, Photographer, Retail
Why did you decide to become a high school math teacher? My first dream was to become an Air Force fighter pilot like my father but a blown ACL my senior year of high school squashed that dream. I attended St. Mikes an undeclared until my junior year when I met a great educator in Shelburne that encouraged me to think about education; I graduated with a major in mathematics, and a 6-12 teaching license.
If you had to sum up your philosophy on teaching and learning math in a few sentences, what would you say? Math is about learning to think critically, persevere in solving problems, and ultimately being able to communicate your understanding – this definition has evolved over years of thinking about mathematics education and certainly wasn’t my experience in my original education.
What is something interesting that people may not know about you? I have traveled a great deal of the world and hope to continue to travel in upcoming years.
What were you like in high school? Social, active, hard working
What interests do you pursue outside of your professional life? Would like to spend more time on photography, and travel, but mostly I spend all my “free” time with my four young children
Other information about you that you would like to share: Anything is possible if you are willing to work hard enough!