What do you teach at Eastern Christian School?
“7th grade math, 8th grade pre-algebra, and 8th grade algebra”
What do you love about Eastern Christian School?
“I love that I don’t have to hide my faith. Rather, I can let them know that God created an amazing world and that math is everywhere in His wonderful creation! I love that all of the teachers are committed Christians and we can hold each other up in prayer during good times and hard times.”
Why do you like teaching at Eastern Christian? What motivated you to become a teacher at Eastern Christian?
“God brought me here. I was in a transitional time in my life, going back to college for my second degree in math. Since I eventually wanted to be a math teacher, I came to ECMS looking for part-time work as a substitute teacher while I finished my degree. Instead of being hired as a substitute, after a few interviews, I walked out with a full-time position teaching middle school math. God is good!
How do you teach a Christian Worldview in your classes at EC?
“I emphasize that God made an orderly world and math can be seen in everything. There are patterns everywhere in creation. For example, Fibonacci’s sequence can be seen in the pattern on a pineapple, the spiral arrangement on a pine cone, the pattern of seeds in a sunflower, etc.”
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
“I love math and I love to play games. So, I want students to have fun while we learn about math. I am a visual and kinesthetic learner, so I am always looking for creative ways for students to see and touch math.”
What sets EC students apart from students in other schools?
“EC students have teachers who are not only committed to the students’ academic growth, but they are concerned for the well-being of each student. We care about our students.”
The Eastern Christian tagline is “Engaging. Nurturing. Transforming.” How do you accomplish this in your role at EC?
“I hope that students continue to grow in their mathematical ability while they are in my classroom. However, many students say they “can’t do math” or “they will never be good at it.” I want to give them the confidence they need to be successful. Everyone has ability and everyone can learn, even if it is at a different pace than others. Also, I don’t want to see my students just as math students, but as a unique person who has many gifts. I want my classroom environment to be a safe place – that it is okay to make mistakes and it is a place to ask as many questions as needed to understand.”
What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
“I want them to know that I love math and that I love to teach. I want them to see that learning math can be fun.”