I am a fifth grade math teacher at Centennial Elementary. I earned my degree from Austin Peay State University in 2007. Then I obtained my Masters and EDS degrees from Arkansas State University in the following years. This is my tenth year teaching math, which is the subject I requested. After teaching fourth grade math for nine years, I am really enjoying seeing the extension of learning now that I am teaching fifth grade. I had a very hard time with math in elementary school, and it took several years to make me comfortable performing mathematical operations. Memories of my struggles drive my instructional process. It is very easy for children to become intimidated by math. Therefore, I strive to make it as accessible as possible. Numbers are everywhere; so if a person is scared of math, it can seriously hinder later success in life. Instead, every student should come in confident and ready to "work the numbers" (not let the numbers work them). I hate it when students tell me, "Math is my worst subject." The truth is, no subject should be their worst. There are only subjects in which we have to work a little harder. Success is possible, and I will work hard to make sure students can conquer fourth grade math in a fun, effective classroom setting.
I was born and raised in Dickson County and absolutely love it here. We are a small town, but our students can perform as well as any other in the country. I believe in their future and hope to make whatever small contribution I can to their success. The main goal for this website is to make learning as easy as possible. Some students are not comfortable asking for help in class for fear their peers will judge them. Others simply need more time with a skill outside of class to truly master it. This site should eliminate these concerns. If a student can review the lesson online in the comfort of his own home, I feel that the material will not seem as scary. Also, parents can brush up on the fourth and fifth grade math skills and help their children work through practice problems at home. Technology and I tend to do combat on a regular basis, but I really feel that this site will be worth the effort.
I am very excited about the career that lays before me. I love seeing the look on a child's face when he or she finally gets it. That "light bulb" moment always makes me smile. It is more rewarding than I can possibly describe. Teaching is a calling I was glad to receive, and I am thankful for the blessings that come with working with children. I hope this site helps in some way, and I thank-you for stopping by.
Joshwa Wang (Technical Consultant)
Hi! I co-founded this site with Lori and deal with the technical issues that arise from time to time. This summer, I'm looking to redesign the layout of this website and expand what we have here so that other teachers can take advantage of what we have available, and I hope to explore an improved way to get your comments about how we can improve this website.
A little about me... I graduated from college in 2007 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Currently, I am pursuing a JD and learning about all the ways that laws influence the decisions we make as a society. Like Lori, I grew up in Dickson County and am a proud product of the dedicated teachers there. I firmly believe that all students, at a minimum, should receive a high quality K-12 education and that our website strives to meet that goal.
My personal interests include traveling, entrepreneurship, and learning how to utilize technology to make education accessible to everyone. Please email us anytime with suggestions you have!