Anaheim Ducks February 2022 Teacher of the Month
Tell us about yourself!
I started teaching 7th grade math in 1997, here at Colton middle school. During these 24 years, I have been teaching in the same classroom. Both my parents were teachers and influenced me to become one. I earned an Engineering degree from Cal Poly Pomona (1995), and decided to put my mathematical background to use, inspiring young adults. In addition to 7th grade math, the last five years, I also have been teaching STEM classes. The passion I have for STEM has enabled me to pass along a love for learning new concepts and ideas. Although this career can be challenging, I love coming to work everyday, working along different students’ backgrounds and personalities, to solve problems. Within my community, I am involved with AYSO soccer. I have been a parent of a player, coach, referee, and board member, of AYSO region 65. Currently, I am a referee and board member. This is a volunteer organization that develops thousands of kids, ages 5-18, a passion for the game of soccer. I have been married 22 years, and have two daughters, ages 17 and 19.
Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?
Ryan Getzlaf #15 Ducks. At age 36, this veteran player is a role model for up and coming stars. While he may not be the speediest on the ice, playing center, he makes plays up and down the ice. When the game is on the line, look for his physical presence to dominate.
What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?
My favorite components concerning the Future Goals program, is that it captures the rigor and interest, all while providing an easy to use and straightforward platform, for students to be successful learners. I see STEM in almost every area of the game of hockey. From player acceleration/deceleration and skate blade geometry, to ice surface areas and angle of attack.
If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?
When I did play hockey, I played center too. I have a bigger frame and used it to my advantage. I prefer to assist both offense and defensive positions. It may not be the most glamorous position, but it does get noticed.