Math & Science Teacher - Grade 6
Started Teaching: 1979
Started at Scott: 2008
Bachelor's Degree: Portland State University
Master's Degree: Master’s Degree Equivalent – Various Universities
Why I Teach: I like teaching because it gives me the opportunity to work with young people & see the moment when they realize that they’ve mastered a concept that they found difficult due to perseverance, & hard work.
What I Believe: All students are capable of learning if they are given guidance, structure, encouragement & held accountable. I believe that if my students always give their best effort at all times, & work towards learning everything they possibly can, that this will allow them each to be in control of their future and give them more options/choices in life. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to make positive choices in their life?
My Favorite Things: When I’m not teaching I enjoy traveling & spending time with my family & friends.
How I help every student succeed: I’m working hard to get my 6th graders to understand that their parents & teachers are here to support and help them learn because we all want the best for them. However, my students need to realize that they are the ones who must work hard, be responsible and take ownership of their learning in order to become more knowledgeable and successful. My 6th graders understand that they are not all at the same level of learning in core subject areas. We’ve talked about the differences of these learning levels specifically in math, & that it is important for each of them to work towards increasing their individual skill levels, not only because of OAKS testing, but more importantly, because they will be increasing their knowledge level. In an effort to allow students to do this, I’ve arranged alternate individualized math lessons via the computer that provide enrichment opportunities addressing various stages of learning. Students are able to access these lessons which correlate with the math common core standards from any computer that might be available to them be it at home or the public library. I shared this information with parents at conferences & I highly encourage every one of my students to take advantage of this opportunity!