This year marks my twelfth year working at Mount Elden Middle School. I worked as a paraprofessional for three years while I was in graduate school at Northern Arizona University. Following graduation, I have taught math at MEMS for the last eight years. My degree is in Special Education. I am highly qualified in the content area of math. This year I will be teaching math to 7th, and 8th graders. I work in a special education classroom and co-teach in a general education class with Ms. Iniguez. In addition to the classes I teach, I also am a case-manager for students with disabilities. For this part of my job I meet with parents, write IEPs, ensure that accommodations are in place in the classrooms, along with many other duties.
This year as a math teacher I want to focus on presenting students with contextual problems. Students will work in groups to come up with different ways to solve problems. As we work on these problems, we will review and introduce skills that are helpful in solving problems. Students will build on their knowledge of numbers including fractions, decimals, integers, and ratios. Homework will be assigned when students don't complete classwork. The focus of the class will be on problem solving. Students will be encouraged to solve problems in a variety of ways and share their methods with others. Risks will be encouraged. Mistakes are learning opportunities. Mistakes lead to growth.