Dear da Vinci Families,
I am SUPER excited to be teaching math at da Vinci Arts Middle School! This school year, 2014-15, is my first year as a da Vinci teacher.
Before teaching here, I taught math and science part-time at various middle schools and high schools in the Portland area, most recently Math 6 and Physical Science at Sellwood Middle School, Compacted Math 7 at Beach School, Algebra at Irvington and Bridger Schools, and Math 7 and Geometry at Laurelhurst School. Teaching is my second workplace career, following my previous experiences working for a chemistry software company and being a stay-at-home parent to my two sons (both PPS students, now in 9th and 7th grades). I was a math and chemistry double major at Swarthmore College, obtained a master's degree in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University, and got my teaching degree with an Advanced Math endorsement from Lewis & Clark in 2009, adding a Chemistry endorsement in 2011. I believe passionately that all students can thrive and grow as they use math to solve problems and study our world. I also think math is just plain fun, along with Scrabble and cooking. I hope every student of mine this year leaves class sometimes with math that is so fun they can't wait to share it.
I hope you will feel free to contact me with any questions. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to include the 2). You can also call the school and ask to leave a message for me. I look forward to working with you!