Where did you go to school and what is your previous job experience?
I grew up and went to high school in Breckenridge Minnesota. After high school I attended the University of Minnesota, earning both my B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics. While at the “U” I worked as a lifeguard and WSI for the YWCA in Minneapolis, and as a teaching assistant for the Math department. I spent the first two years of my teaching career teaching 7th grade at Westwood Middle School and have been at Park Center since.
How long have you worked at Park Center?
What is your teaching philosophy?
All students can learn math with the proper effort. I want to create an environment where each student feels comfortable and is not afraid to make mistakes, and then learn from those mistakes. I want to encourage my students to think for themselves rather than regurgitate some formula.
Why did you choose your profession?
I enjoy working with young people, and I love math.
What is your favorite quote?
I have two quotes that have influenced me. “Not even a mosquito gets a pat on the back until it begins to work” by an unknown author, and “Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater” by Einstein.
In what room(s) can you commonly be found?
Advice for students going to college?
Work hard in high school to prepare for college, and then work even harder in college.
Biggest pet peeve?
I hate the frizzy edges from spiral notebook paper.
If you were required to find a different job than what you are currently doing, what would you choose?
Why would I want to do anything else?