I teach physical science, chemistry, physics and 7th grade math at a rural, central Minnesota high school. When I first started teaching (way back in 1996) I wanted to help students become competitive in the science fields and lead productive, fulfilling lives. I have a broader passion to help students build strong foundations in math and science and maybe change the mindset of students who were intimidated by these courses. I believe that 7th grade math is so important because it is a strong foundation for the algebra the must learn next year. Plus, all these concepts are very important fundamentals to succeed in all upper level math classes. I am passionate about teaching all of my subjects well, however chemistry has special meaning to me. In chemistry, I prepare college-bound students who need this subject for their future career. Careers like nursing, teaching, industry, food, agriculture, any medical field and more. My premise is: If students can master chemical concepts in high school then they will succeed in college chemistry, in which college chemistry can be too intimidating that can hinder many from obtaining their dreams. All of the subjects I teach are challenging because they are abstract and difficult. I’m constantly evolving as a teacher to assist in student learning. Sometimes I hear teachers comment, “Why re-invent the wheel” when teachers contemplate different curriculum or strategies. But the truth is... students are changing at "warp" speed. I'm always reinventing or learning many methods and strategies to change with our students and help them learn. I’ll use formative assessments, labs, visual strategies, computer generated simulations, project-based learning activities, tutorials and video clips to help students learn the concepts.
Creative, energetic, and organized are three adjectives that best describe my teaching method. As a teacher, it is my goal to reach all of my students by engaging them in as many different learning experiences as possible. My current online teaching position has given me the skills necessary to fully implement 21st century technology in my classroom. I utilize blogs, wikis, social media, Twitter and other web 2.0 applications on a daily basis. I have taught a variety of English classes throughout my teaching career including: 7th grade reading, high school reading, 9th grade literature, 10th grade literature, American literature, world literature, advanced world literature, publications, speech, composition and research, and college composition. I also have had the opportunity to author curriculum for several successful online classes including: Native American Literature, English 12, and Media & Society. Teaching and creating such a large variety of classes has given me a very extensive knowledge base and has taught me to be extremely open-minded and flexible when working with students at different levels. My passion lies in instructional design & technology. I love analyzing, developing, designing, implementing, and evaluating new curriculum. I am fully trained in using a variety of learning management systems including: Moodle, Blackboard, and eclassroom. I have created and taught successful classes from the ground up. Specialties Online course design, Moodle, Blackboard, Google Apps for educators, web 2.0 tools, technology in education, online collaboration, 21st century technology, online teaching, instructional design.
Hi and thanks for checking out my profile! My name is Rachel and I've been a high school mathematics teacher for 7 years, specializing in Geometry and Statistic. I have been a state qualifying cross country coach, freshman mentor, tutor, ACT Prep instructor, and Junior/Senior class sponsor. My undergraduate degree (BS in Chemistry) is from the University of Tampa, and my graduate degree is from National-Louis University (MAT - specializing in secondary math and science education with a middle school endorsement). I worked as a cosmetic chemist for TreSemme prior to earning my teaching certificate. It didn't take long to learn that students are a lot more interesting and fun to work with than swatches of hair and batches of shampoo :) Not only do I love to teach, but I love to run, cook (and eat!), and I'm an avid scuba diver who loves to dive with sharks!
After cutting my teeth in political campaigns, I have pursued a career in education. I earned a master's degree in education leadership and transitioned to advocacy and public affairs work in the field of education. This work has included organizing high profile events, social media campaigns and websites to support STEM education and new education policies. I have also worked with a variety of organizations to award teacher grants, student scholarships and have been a frequent participant on education committees and workgroups with the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), University of Minnesota and the National Governors Association.
I teach high school mathematics in Minnesota. I want to explore ways to use Sophia in my classroom.