I have been teaching mathematics since 2001, and this is my third career. I grew up as a military brat (my father is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and I lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for my 8th-10th grades). I went to a small college in Louisiana (Southeastern Louisiana University) and majored in mathematics. In 1981, I entered active duty as a 2LT in the Army Corps of Engineers. I retired as a Major in 1996. I gained a lot of experience in the Army as a project engineer,...
I have been teaching mathematics since 2001, and this is my third career. I grew up as a military brat (my father is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and I lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for my 8th-10th grades). I went to a small college in Louisiana (Southeastern Louisiana University) and majored in mathematics. In 1981, I entered active duty as a 2LT in the Army Corps of Engineers. I retired as a Major in 1996. I gained a lot of experience in the Army as a project engineer, construction planning, maps, topography, computers, etc. Mathematics was a vital role in my day to day jobs. Prior to entering the Army, I worked as a manager of a Sonic Drive Inn Restaurant while going to college (Math was really important). After I retired from the Army, I spent 4 years working as a project manager with some local area companies such as DSC Communications, Alcatel, Wireless Facilities, Inc., IVPCARE, InterVoice and SBC/Cingular Wireless.
In July 2001, my mother-in-law was dying of cancer. I was tired of working 50-70 hour weeks in Corporate America and missed the days of waking up in the morning and making a difference in this world. On July 3, 2001, I resigned from my project manager position with only a dream of teaching math. I remember a co-worker asking me what I was going to do, and I replied that I had always wanted to teach math in school and maybe teach a college course in computers. Believe it or not, within 30 days, I was hired to do both.
I have taught at 5 different schools since 2001 and taught mathematics from 4th to 12th grade including pre-calculus, math models with applications, Algebra II, geometry, algebra, pre-algebra, middle school math, Saxon Math, and 4th-8th grade math. I also taught a 3-semester hour Computer Essentials Course at Collin College for 4 years from 2001-2005 as an Adjunct Associate College Professor.
From 2003 to 2013, I also taught 10 different Middle School Math with Brain Teasers at Greenhill School's Summer on the Hill Program. In 2002, I proposed a Mid