Though we will learn a lot about each other throughout the semester, I thought I could tell you a little bit about myself to get us acquainted.
I am from a small town much like Walton, called Salamanca in the Southern Tier in New York. I graduated top of my class then attended SUNY Brockport to get my bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics. I then took a semester to teach algebra at Genesee Community College. In the fall of 2011, I started working on my PhD in mathematics at Syracuse University. I taught precalculus, calculus I and calculus II, and studied knot theory, a new area of topology.
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However, I discovered that my heart lies in teaching, so once I finished all my classes and started my research, I left the program to return to my passion. I have taught AlgebraII/Trigonomety and Geometry in summer school, and have been grading the state exams for many years.
In the past, I had the wonderful experience of teaching Precalculus, Calculus, Algebra II, and Algebra I labs. I have been able to watch the transition to Common Core for Algebra II and am very excited for the critical thinking skills being emphasized in this new curriculum. I also had the pleasure of watching so many sporting events and getting to know the students through my involvement in many school activities.
This year, I will continue teaching Precalculus and Calculus for college credit through the Fast Forward program through BCC. I am thrilled that I can be a part of this wonderful opportunity for our students! I am also teaching Math Labs, Algebra I, and Algebra II. I will continue to be the advisor for Speech and Debate and GSA, as well as continue my work with the musical production. I have accepted the new challenge of being co-advisor of the Drama Club with Mrs. Davies. We put on a successful showing of Miss Holmes; a delightful murder mystery with a feminist twist! We were able to incorporate a student-made soundtrack, sound effects, and lighting to really make the show come alive. I look forward to our continued success and growth of the drama club!
I am absolutely thrilled to have joined the wonderful community here at Walton High School; so much so that I recently bought a house nearby! I cannot wait to emmerse my roots in this community and grow my future here.