North Pole High School
My name is Jennifer Sartin and I just finished up my 3rd year of teaching. I am teaching freshmen and sophomore English along with Alaska Studies. My goal is to create a more organized space in my classroom. I have slowly been adding items to my classroom in order to make this happen, but it has been a process. Thank you for considering supporting my classroom.
My name is Jeremiah Harrington and I’m now entering my fifth year as a mathematics teacher.
If you had asked in high school if I would end up teaching math, I would have laughed and walked away. I never found it to be creative or engaging; it seemed to be about following rules and obediently completing the right four steps to get a meaningless answer to carefully designed problems. In college is where I fell in love with math; it seemed much more personal, and something that I could engage with and make into my own. My mission as a teacher is to bring that creative spirit and mathematical mindset down to the high school level. I want my students to be able to see the creativity and beauty in finding new problems, not only the shortest path to the answer.
I’ll confess that it was hard for me to think of items to wish for that I haven’t already gotten. This year, I anticipate teaching part of a two-year version of Algebra I; a section designed for students who struggle with mathematics and can take advantage of the slower pace. This will be a substantial challenge for me as a teacher. I’m looking for strategies and resources which will help me cultivate engagement and reinforce number sense in my students, as well as developing a growth mindset, empowering them to be self-motivated learners.
I’ve learned a lot about how to be a better teacher over the past several years, but it’s clear that I still have a long way to go. I’m always working to improve, and I hope that some of the resources provided by this program will help me to empower the students that I have this year.