Tell us a little bit about your background as an educator:

I have always loved working with people and helping them understand.  In high school, I was a teacher’s aide.  In college, I tutored and worked in the math lab helping students.  These experiences confirmed that I should be a teacher.  Out of college, I took a job at a high school where I taught for the last ten years.  I taught Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Precalculus -- at many different skill levels.  I have worked with younger students as well at Mathnasium and Sylvan Learning Center.  I pride myself on being a patient and encouraging teacher.

Do you have a philosophy as an educator?

I believe that all students have a story and that they need to be met where they are.  I believe my role is to be a positive, supportive adult in their lives.  When students are shown respect and kindness, they are able to open up to learning.

What were you like as a student?

My hand was always raised.  I was always asking (and answering) questions. I wanted to understand everything, especially in math.  I didn’t want to accept a formula until I understood why.  I also liked to help the teacher if the teacher was struggling to understand what a student wanted or struggling to explain a concept in a different way.  I only got in trouble for talking too much and being late -- both of which happened daily.

What do you enjoy most about being a Learning Partner?

I like getting to know my students, having fun with them, and helping them connect the pieces of math together for those “aha!” moments.  The one-on-one environment is conducive to all three of those things.

If you could take the students on a field trip anywhere, where would you take them?

I would bring my students to Rio de Janeiro, where I am currently living. (My husband is Brazilian.)  I am enjoying the weather, the food, and the beaches so much, and I want to share it with others.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher in high school was my English/Speech teacher because he made literature interesting (even though I didn’t love it), used creative activities and projects, and pushed me to be a better student.  He believed in me and inspired me to be a teacher -- although he wanted me to teach English.


Andrea's favorites, when she was a kid: