Share five random facts about yourself.
Fact 1: I like Spheres/Circles
Fact 2: I love dogs
Fact 3: I’m a hunter (deer, grouse, pheasant, duck, rabbit)
Fact 4: I am Left-Handed
Fact 5: I love being a student
Share four things from your bucket list.
Bucket List 1: Travel to a different continent
Bucket List 2: Obtain my PhD
Bucket List 3: Shoot an Elk
Bucket List 4: Attend TMC
Share three things that you hope for this year, as a “person” or an educator.
Hope 1: I hope to get accepted as a speaker for MCTM, my local state Math Conference as well as NCTM- either Nashville or Minneapolis
Hope 2: I hope to make an impact with my students this year- to open their minds to math and rid them of the “Math is Hard” stigma
Hope 3: I hope to collaborate with staff at my new school, to become a positive connection for them
Share two things that have made you laugh or cry as an educator.
Laugh 1: Doing activities with my students that allows them to be kids and discover mathematics while having fun. There is nothing like seeing a child’s face while they are enjoying life.
Cry 1: Going to a home of one my students and getting a clearer insight to the struggles our young people face.
Share one thing you wish more people knew about you.
The one thing I wish more people knew about me is that I am a “debugger.” As a CS students, I did not put a lot of time upfront into planning my program because I liked to watch it run, analyze what was happening and determine what needed to be changed to get it to work. I would volunteer to look at my peer’s programs to do the same. I treat my students in the same way. I allow them to attempt their own thinking to problems, and then we analyze it to see what corrections need to be made (if any), or I will try to push them to perform it in a different way or even find an “optimization” for their thinking. That may be why I feel reflection is a huge piece of the math puzzle that we need to explore.