Mathematicians seek and use patterns to formulate new conjectures; they resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof. When mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back as written records exist. The research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or even centuries of sustained inquiry.
I believe success in the math classroom builds with confidence and the ability to explain your struggles and accomplishments to others. All students can be successful in math if they are willing to try new things, ask for help from others, and explain their thought process (right or wrong) to peers. I love that AFSA allows me and the students to be flexible in our learning, try new things, and encourage thinking outside the traditional box. I enjoy spending time with my three little girls, hanging at the beach, golfing, and exploring new places.
I believe that relationships are the foundation of learning. I strive to get to know my students as individuals and treat them with respect. I believe in discovery learning, teamwork, hands-on applications, and real-world examples. I love that AFSA gives me the ability to do all of these things as well as get to know my students through small class sizes and other experiences such as O-Term and Farm and Community Service Day. My favorite activity outside of school is spending time with my husband and cat. In the summer I love to rollerblade, bike, kayak, and camp. In the winter I like to read and ice skate.
This is my first year teaching at AFSA and I am so excited to be a part of this school. I have a bachelor's degree in Math Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and two minors in Music and Theater Arts. I also have a master's in Educational Technology from Concordia University St. Paul. This is will be my 10th year of teaching high school mathematics. I believe in creating a comfortable learning atmosphere in which all students feel welcome to try new things and challenge themselves. I enjoy helping students understand the importance of having a growth mindset and to never giving up on their goals no matter what the challenges are.