I wasn’t always good at math. When I was in 8th grade, my dad used to try to help me with my Algebra homework. I had no clue what an x and y axis were and why we were trying to graph anything anyway. My dad, who once earned a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT, couldn’t help getting frustrated when I didn’t understand what he was talking about.
I stopped asking my dad for help and it turned out that I was pretty good at memorizing things and figuring out problems even when I didn’t really know how to do them. That got me through AP Calculus and into college, where I kept taking math classes because they were more fun than my other classes. During my third year at Western Washington University, I realized that I didn’t actually want to major in mathematics. I decided to apply to the Civil Engineering program at the University of Washington and received my Bachelors of Science two years later.
During my summer breaks from UW, I worked at a boarding school in Bethel, Maine as a mathematics teaching assistant. It was there that I first experienced the joy of helping students understand mathematics. I went ahead with my engineering career, but teaching was always in the back of my mind. In 2001, I enrolled in Western Washington University’s Masters of Education program and was on my way to my first career change.
My first teaching job was as a 7th grade math teacher at West View K-8 Elementary School in the Burlington School District on a leave replacement contract. After West View, I was hired by the Ferndale School District to teach at Vista Middle School. I taught there for seven years until the birth of my son in 2010. I went back to teaching at Ferndale High School in 2012 and taught there for the next four years. In 2016, I decided to leave the classroom and to start helping students in a way that I was never able to do as a classroom teacher.
My students range in age from 4th grade to college students. I now meet with all my students online, so you can get the help that you need whether you are in Seattle or New York, or any state between.