Straight out of college I was one of the lucky ones who walked right into her perfect profession. I love this job! Now, as I enter my 9th year of teaching, I have more time to blog and less excuses to make (like the one on being a “new teacher”. Yikes).
I graduated UCLA w/ a B.S. in General Math and a minor in Spanish. Immediately after undergrad and 6.5 months abroad in Costa Rica, I really just dove right in to teaching high school kids. My first day on the job was my first experience in a classroom altogether (LAUSD was severely short on math teachers that year). I survived those first two years of teaching while attending CSUN at night for my credential. I then braved two more years of being a teacher by day and a student by night for an M.A. in Math Education, also at CSUN.
Finally, my 5th year of teaching was a time of much needed rest. I got to thoroughly enjoy the class of students I followed from their freshmen to senior year. I also finished teaching all levels of high school math that year by teaching AP Calculus to those same kids I had back when they were freshmen.
After one more year in LA and passing my National Boards there, I moved up to San Francisco for my 7th year and am currently teaching in San Mateo for my 8th and 9th year. I’m pretty excited, especially to actually be coworkers w/ the amazing teacher named below!
Jenni and I met while going for our Masters at CSUN. She graduated Mudd as an engineer and used those skills to develop Proof Blocks! (www.proofblocks.com) They are the best thing that happened to geometry proofs. Trust me. I stand witness to the miracles it has done for my kids.