1. Where did you go to college? What is your degree?
I got my first degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I then did online coursework thru the University of Phoenix in order to get my Masters degree. I have also completed various independent math studies through the University of Illinois at Springfield.
2. How long have you been teaching?This is my 9th year of teaching full-time at Nokomis.3. Have you taught anywhere besides Nokomis high school?I was a reading aide for one year at the North School.4. What’s your best advice for students going to college?If you plan to go a large University, prepare yourself for the culture shock of life beyond NHS. Now, regardless of where you go, strive to find enjoyment in your studies because college coursework will require a level of commitment you've likely never experienced before. Despite all the hard work, though, make the most of the experience. You can create fantastic memories to last a lifetime and to give you the solid foundation you need before you take off and fly!5. Where did you grow up?I grew up in the country south of Witt, with an Irving address, but yet within the Nokomis School District.6. Who or what influenced you to be a teacher?I always dreamed about being a teacher, but everyone said that teachers didn't make any money. So I headed off to U of I working toward a Computer Science degree in Engineering. A couple years later, I had switched to a degree in Business. A couple years after that, I was behind a computer all day at a job in Finance yet thinking about why I had never pursued that degree in Education. Those days at a desk made me realize that what I really wanted was a job that let me try and make a difference in people's lives.. And so back to school I went to finally get the degree I had wanted all along!7. Please give a full list of all classes you teach this year.This year I teach Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry.