My love for Math began as a young child. My father worked in accounting, and I remember many times sitting on his knee as he pored over ledgers of numbers. That fun continued when every Sunday evening as spent visiting grandparents with extended family where a game of pinochle usually took place. These were really early experiences with Math content (probability), but were warm and comfortable moments surrounded by love and family. My positive experiences with Math continued throughout my education, where many teachers provided excellent opportunities in the Math classroom for problem solving and relevance to real-world situations.
In my first K-12 teaching assignment, I was somewhat surprised that not all teachers embraced math with the same enthusiasm with which I did. Furthermore, I was caught off guard by the near constant flow of negativism from parents about Math. These experiences contributed to my desire to learn more about Math attitudes and how to invest positive energy on the topic. My early research involved working with parents to change Math attitudes about school Math. I also work to impress upon the pre-service teachers in my classroom, the importance of maintaining a positive attitude about Math. Currently, I am developing a resource for parents with ideas of how to develop critical thinking about Math at home with their young child. I am a regular contributor to Math Ed Smart Brief.
Outside of the Math world, my favorite activities are spending time with family and friends. My hobbies include collecting wooden boxes and buttons.