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Classroom Information

Dear Families,


This year, I joined the West Branch family after 4 years as a K-2 math coach with Youngstown City Schools.  Before Youngstown, I spent the majority of my career teaching math at the middle and high school level.  


No matter the school or grade level, I have always focused on learning not teaching.  


  • I believe my role is to help students set goals and use feedback in a precise manner to enhance learning and self-assessment.


  • I believe every risk-taking behavior – whether it ends in failure or success – allows the learner to reflect on his or her skill and strategy choice while making sense of content ideas.


  • I believe in an environment that encourages thinking, an understanding that mistakes are natural, a willingness to say, “I do not understand,”.


  • I believe that knowledge is inseparable from practice; it is not possible to know without doing.


Learning is constant in my classroom; it does not end after the quiz or test has been taken.  I do not believe in extra credit; if a student is worried about their grade, they fix it by relearning the content on which they struggled.  Every student has the opportunity to retake quizzes after they have received extra practice from myself or Ms. Stitzel (inclusion teacher).  Homework is assigned after students have had an opportunity to practice the concept(s) during class.  Homework is worth 1 point (½ credit will be given).  Missing homework can not be made up.  After a homework assignment, students will take a quiz to monitor learning.   Near the end of October, I will also give Objective Review quizzes every other Friday to monitor retention of concepts.  


I expect students to ask questions and seek help when they need it.  Please help me help your child; if you see them struggling, let me know.  Do not hesitate to contact me if you have a question or concern.  I truly believe in the student, parent, and teacher team.  


The new concepts that students will be exposed to this year rely on a strong foundation of basic facts for all four operations.  Please practice fact fluency with your child.  


  • Addition & subtraction of whole numbers (no matter how many digits   -   456+23, 1726-189)


  • Multiplication (1 digit x 1 digit    -   7x8) / (multi digit x 1 digit   -  345x6, 20x5)

Students will learn the standard algorithm this year but should currently be able to multiply using place value or another strategy (we will work toward eliminating repeated addition as a strategy as it is no longer efficient).


  • Division (2 digit 1 digit   -   819) A strong multiplication foundation will make division easier.

Students will not be expected to master the standard algorithm this year (we will work toward eliminating drawing circles and “counting out” as a strategy as it is no longer efficient).