About me I have lived in Colorado since 2000 and moved to Castle Rock in 2005. I am a mathematics teacher at D.C. Oakes High School (since 2003) and have been a teacher since 1991. I have a son who …
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I have lived in Colorado since 2000 and moved to Castle Rock in 2005. I am a mathematics teacher at D.C. Oakes High School (since 2003) and have been a teacher since 1991. I have a son who lives in Illinois (he is a musician) and a daughter who is in college here in Colorado (she is studying to be a nurse). I am married to Steve "Brock" and we have three spoiled dogs together!
Becoming a teacher
I always wanted to be a teacher! I remember playing school in my basement in Peoria, Ill. with my mom's reader ("More Streets and Roads") and her math book (third grade I think it was) and I was only 5 or 6. From then on, I wanted to be a teacher and I had great teachers who led me into a desire to teach math. I graduated from Illinois State University with a major in math and immediately became a substitute in my high school for my old teacher! I briefly thought of doing something else (I went back to college to study accounting) but I quickly learned I loved teaching and had to go back into education. I have taught high school and junior college math and have been working in alternative high schools for most of my career (since 1996).
Making an impact
I don't know if teaching math is impactful, because most people say that it is their least favorite subject, but I do know I have spent many years finding ways to make it meaningful to real life. I do work with the Outdoor Education program at Oakes, which is probably more impactful to my students' lives. I have spent almost 17 years outdoors with students all around Colorado and in Utah on two to eight-day trips! We get dirty and have so much fun! We have done community service for Mission:Wolf and the Colorado Trail Foundation, canoed the Green River and Colorado River, hiked the Colorado Trail, visited the Four Corners and enjoyed a sweat lodge with the Ute tribal leader, Terry Knight.
When I'm not working, I …
I have been a member of the International sorority Beta Sigma Phi since 1993 so I have been involved in many service projects with this women's group. Most of my time off involves camping with my husband and dogs and reading. I love to spend time outdoors hiking and working on the xeriscape of my front yard. When I retire, I would love to work in landscaping or just mow yards!
Get a life, get an education! I tell my students this all the time! I have a poster above my classroom door with this saying. It's so important to be educated and use your knowledge to do something you love.
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