School: EASTERN WASHTENAW MULTICULTURAL ACADEMY, ANN ARBOR MI
Hello, I am Maria Peterson from California and I used to work in a busy office in the city. I definitely knew how important vending machines are for office people but once my husband and I went to Japan for sightseeing, I was able to see how creative a vending machine company can be. With their creativity to bring necessary items for people on the go, I was inspired to set up my own vending machine business. Currently, I am trying some of the Japanese ideas mixed with our own to improve the quality of products of our vending machines.
My name is Rebecca Oberg and I'm an English teacher (9th grade and Journalism) in Minneapolis specializing in the use of 21st century learning in the modern English/Language Arts classroom. Before teaching I attended the University of Minnesota, where I graduated Summa cum Laude with a BA in English Literature and Composition with minors in Geography and European Studies. I continued at the U of M, where I received my Masters of Education and licensure to teach English Communication Arts and Literature for grades 5-12. I have worked in urban and suburban schools, as well as with various other programs including Upward Bound. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy playing with my cocker spaniel dog Maggie as well as traveling, reading, learning Greek, and being an aunt to my two adorable nephews!
play the drums. go to Lewis and Clark middle school 8th grader want to be a cop when i get older.
Hi Everyone; My name is Sharron Heath and I am a Pre-Engineering Technology teacher at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Yakima Washington. We are an inner city school serving kids in grades 6 - 8. I teach a STEM curriculum at each grade level, and am working hard to incorporate as much relevant math and science as I can into my technology and engineering projects. I am enjoying using the tutorials on Sophia.org to teach my kids (and sometimes myself) concepts related to current projects. It's great not having to completely reinvent the wheel each time I choose to try a new project. Before becoming a STEM teacher, I was a district level Information Technology Director for a mid sized school district here in Washington. My Education background started with a BA in Math Education, later adding a M.ED in Educational Supervision and Leadership and finally earning an Administrative Credential. My current job requires lots of Career and Technical Education Certs as well. Guess I should start hanging some of these up as I would look pretty important!!! Just kidding. My kids probably wouldn't be that impressed. What really excites them are things like a Maglev Track or a Bridge Buster . To tell you the truth, I'm with them ! My philosophy of teaching is pretty basic. I believe that if I can present the students with a relevent challenge, a comfortable learning environment, and adequate materials, structure and base knowledge, they will do what they do best, get creative, solve problems, work collaboratively and make connections. I love to set up activities and then toss in math and science concepts that they have to work through in order to move to the next level. Talk about motivation! I've been working on my website lately. You can view some of my lessons and see lots of picts of my students in action here. http://schools.yakimaschools.org/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=387& Thanks for reading!
I'm the Founder and co-creator of Sophia and I love to create new things. I have a deep passion for education and technology, and I spend a lot of time thinking about how they could come together more effectively. I earned my bachelor's degree in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin and my MBA from the University of Minnesota. I'm also the proud father of three daughters who give me a lot of great feedback on how to improve Sophia. I hope you'll send me your thoughts and ideas about Sophia. You can also feel free to share your thoughts on education, technology, American history (my personal passions are presidential and immigration history), music, songwriting, or baseball. I’d love to hear from you. - Don