Illinois State University, Normal, IL (Mathematics)
When I taught high school math, I always told my students that I would try to explain the lessons in language that they could understand and if there were any shortcuts available, I would teach those. Also, if possible, we would do the calculator computations if possible. I tried to emphasize different methods of solutions, if there were more than one. Also, if a student didn't understand an explanation, I tried to give another example that might be better understood. For half of my 30 year career, I taught in the lower income demographic communities. Therefore most of the academic work had to be accomplished in the classroom setting since the home environment was very poor. My emphasis was on utilizing the tools that math gave them. The internet now makes available all of the information and data, but if the student does not know how to apply it, the information is of little use. Thus, my emphasis was on the application of the information.
I taught in Illinois for 22 years mainly at Cahokia High School, Cahokia, IL, a blue collar demographic region. At Cahokia, I taught Algebra and Geometry, but also taught Spanish I & II, since I am certified in this field also. From Cahokia, I went to Riverview Gardens High School in North St. Louis County for two years. This school was demographically low income and my first year was spent working with At-Risk students. The 2nd year I taught Algebra and Geometry to regular classes. The following year, my husband and I moved to Clinton, MO, where we had planned to retire. I taught All junior and senior high math classes for two years at Calhoun School District and two years at Montrose School District before retiring in June 2009. For the next 2 years I did substitute teaching at the Lakeland and Clinton school districts. Last year I tutored 2 friends and a former student at the Community College and High School levels. I enjoyed the tutoring much more than the substitute teaching. I have a lifetime certificate in Math for Missouri and a 30 year for Spanish, but would rather concentrate on math. The certificate is for grades 6-12 and I have taught all except pre-calculus and calculus. As of September 1, 2017, I am going to have to take a break from tutoring since I am going to have foot surgery in early October and will be unable to drive for at least 2 months. When I taught high school math, I always told my students that I would try to explain the lessons in language that they could understand and if there were any shortcuts available, I would teach those. Also, if possible, we would do the calculator computations if possible. I tried to emphasize different methods of solutions, if there were more than
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I have 30 years experience teaching Algebra and have had great success with students that have struggled to pass this subject in order to graduate from high school. I have a lifetime certification from the state of Missouri to teach 7-12 grade mathematics. I am also a qualified substitute teacher in Missouri and have a passed background check on the DESE website.
I am a retired math teacher from the states of Missouri and Illinois with 30 years of experience. Both certificates are still active and my Missouri certificate is lifetime. While teaching in Calhoun and Montrose, MO, I was the math department since both of these districts are small. I taught Pre-Algrbra through Trigonometry in both districts and have also tutored former students at Stae Fair Community College in Algebra 2 and College Algebra.
When I was a math teacher in Illinois and Missouri, my favorite subject to teach was geometry. This is a subject that teaches critical thinking skills that can be applied to all other subjects and is stressed by all curriculums. I have 30 years of experience and a lifetime certificate of teach 7-12 math in the state of Missouri.
I have 30 years experience teaching math in the states of Illinois and Missouri and have qualified retirement from each. Both teaching certificates are active and the one from Missouri is lifetime for 7-12 mathematics. In my 30 years I have taught Pre-Algebra with every teaching assignment I have had and have had successes with the students I have taught. I have also passed a background check in the state of Missouri and it is listed on the DESE website.