Adulting: Meet the Adult
Alias: Ms. Perry, Ms. P, KP, or Tete
Occupation: High School Math teacher
Life is just a game, and every new adventure takes you to the next level. At this moment, I feel like I am playing through Adulting Level 5: Masters Program. I have made it through the other levels of turning 18, choosing a college, leveling up when I received my BA in Secondary Education - Mathematics. Add in the level up for moving into my own apartment, followed by level 4 landing my first teaching job! Which brings us no to level 5: Masters program.
I am very excited to be working on my masters. I am just finishing up my 5th year of teaching high school mathematics at Waukegan High school. My goal was to finish or start my masters degree by my 5th year of teaching, and with the motivation of a fellow co-worker and friend I applied and started in the fall of 2016.
I am a techie at heart. I may not know a lot of things, but I sure do enjoy exploring new aspects of technology. I have had a smartphone for ages, and look forward to my Galaxy S8+ to come in the next few weeks. Exploring the new features of the phones has always been fun for me, as well as the improvements to the cameras from 3mp to 12/16mp.
I always try to bring technology into my classroom, even if I have purchase the tech myself. By working in a Title 1 district (low income district), I don't get a lot of things supplied to me, but I don't let that stop the way I teach and expand the learning for my students. One great tool I use is the TI emulator to model the calculator for my students while they are working with one in their hands. I recently attended a conference put on by Texas Instruments on new ways to use the graphing calculators.
I am super excited to go to Disney for the Star Wars - Dark Side 5k for the 2nd year in a row. I am not a runner by any means, but the 5k is a walker friendly course. Last year I completed it by myself to see if I could do it. I signed up last minute, and because of that I ended up having to join a charity. I participated with TLC - Teaching and Learning Collaborative. It was a great group to raise money for has they are centered around STEM in the classroom, which being a math teacher was a perfect match! This year my oldest sister will be completing the race with me! I am so excited to do a race with her, as she is the one that got me started in the Run Disney program.
|From L to R: Tanner(11) Madden (9) Bennett(2) and Colin (14)|