About Me

Photo Booth is so much more fun with high schoolers!

Photo Booth is so much more fun with high schoolers!

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).

Background

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!

Proof Blocks

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.

5 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Antony Chiu January 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Very nice blog you have here! I am a developer at ZeGenie, where we create free interactive math courses for grade 9 to 12: http://www.zegenie.com/us/courses

    I was wondering if you can share with us your feedback about our courses, and see if they help your classroom. Thanks!

  2. Jake Byrnes February 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Dear Teaching Ninja,
    As a proponent of math education in the United States, we need your help to promote our nationwide math competition by blogging or posting about it on your blog/forum.

    As you probably already know, despite the fact that the US spends the most money on education per capita, our students are ranked 25th globally for math proficiency. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to improving that statistic. MATHCOUNTS’ third annual “ Math Video Challenge” is a math competition for 6th to 8th graders that encourages student innovation as they create and star in their own math videos, thus exciting them to pursue higher education in math.

    As the webmaster of Teaching Ninja, we are asking you to help support this effort by mentioning us in your next blog or forum post or promoting our logo with a link to the site. So far this contest has gathered over 500
    submissions and millions of views on the videos. Our goal this year is this year is to do even better. With your help, we are confident we will reach this goal.

    For more information on MATHCOUNTS or the Math Video Challenge, visit our webpages at mathcounts.org and videochallenge.mathcounts.org/math-camera-action.

    Respectfully,
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  3. Jaspreet December 29, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    Hello,

    Do you have any e-mail id? I would like to ask you something.

    Best.

  4. Terri April 28, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    “Copy of my modified lesson plan is to the right in the Box.net widget.” Cannot find the Box.net widget. Help?

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