I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University. I have over five years experience teaching English, including Basic Grammar, Introductory and Advanced Composition, and Creative Writing. I also have taught courses in Study Skills and Public Speaking. I have worked as a tutor and with students from whom English is a second language.
I developed www.NumberBender.com with the intention of sharing my math presentations to the world. As a high school math teacher, I have created numerous slideshow presentations for my math classes, allowing me to give the students my full attention. This has saved me tremendous amount of time and has helped students when they are taking notes. Instead of having to hurry and copy their notes before I erase it from the board, at the end of the presentation I can go back and show the slides for those students who have difficulty writing their notes quickly. Prior to coming to the United States, I have taught in several schools in China and the Philippines. I have been teaching math since 2005 in Barstow High School and have taught almost every subject since. I have taught strategic math, algebra1, algebra2, precalculus, geometry, and AP statistics. Teaching was never my first choice of career. I used to be a project manager in an IT firm but the teaching bug bit me. As the saying goes, “Many are called, but few are chosen”, and I believe I am one of those chosen few who truly enjoy the job of being a teacher. Teaching has broaden my horizons and taken me to so many amazing places where I met so many wonderful people. Education: EDD (candidate) MAT Math (2012) BS Mathematics (2001) BSEd Computer Applications (2001)
Educators often ask students to think of what they are passionate about. The idea behind this is that if a young learners can discover their true interests they may be able to better define their life goals and begin down a path that will leave them happy and fulfilled. As I progressed through my 11th year of teaching, I applied for a new job and was asked to think what I was passionate about. The firs and most obvious thing that came to mind; family. I kept thinking over a few weeks by looking at the things I really enjoy and patterns in my career. What I discovered is that I am passionate about challenges. Challenges keep me focused. They give me something to work on and think about when the monotony of the day-to-day life seems to slow me down. For me, challenges can appear in many forms. They can be physical challenges, educational challenges, or career challenges. But for me, they can all be molded into the same basic pattern. 1. They need to seem large. I once heard a graduation address where the speaker said "If someone tells you that the challenge you set for yourself is too big, you know you're on the right track." 2. They must require planning and preparation. The planning and the preparation are what makes the challenge fulfilling. 3. Failure must be an option. If not, then the challenge is not big enough. Let's be clear here. You have to assume you will meet your challenge, but if everybody can do it, it's not a challenge. Here's the cool thing...once you meet one challenge, another bunch of them open up. And the process starts all over.
For the past 20 years, I have been engaged as an educational researcher, evaluator and professor of educational policy. Areas of expertise include education reform, policy implementation and effectiveness, post-secondary attainment and socio-economic disadvantage. My publications address the social institutions and policies designed to promote educational advancement for students, especially the socially disadvantaged. Teaching and research associations over the past 20 years include the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota and Stanford University. I hold a Ph. D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Lawrence University.