Hi there! My name is Shana and I've been a public high school math teacher in Massachusetts since 2004. My husband is also a teacher and together we have a little girl who is the center of our lives.
What I teach
After teaching mainstream math and biology for 8 years, I got a job teaching special education algebra 2 and consumer math in a high school outside Boston. Soon after came a certification to teach students with moderate disabilities and a realization that teaching math to kids who are afraid of math is what I live to do. Every activity I make, every lesson I plan first asks, "Will this work for tough kids?"
I post fairly regularly on Facebook and Instagram and would love to connect with you there.
EducationMy undergraduate degree is in Environmental Science from UMass Amherst. After 4 years of using my degree to help remediate leaky gas stations (FYI: all underground storage tanks leak) I had enough and became a substitute teacher in Boston. By the next year I was certified to teach math and biology and teaching at South Boston High School. Five long years later and after many, many late night T rides, I had my graduate degree in Mathematics for Teaching from Harvard Extension School. Ten years after that, and after lots of online certification courses, I finally became a special educator. Getting fully certified in Massachusetts is a long process for a career-changer.
When faced with unpaid maternity leave as so many families are, I decided to do what I could to make ends meet by selling math and science resources on Teachers pay Teachers. Over the years, it's become so much more than that. I've made real friends through my work on TpT and having an outlet for my creativity has opened up my life.
As much as I love math, I also love to write, which now comes in handy with all the IEPs:) One of the stories that I wrote in a graduate class was included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School. This was a proud moment for me.
I also love growing things from seeds. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my avocado tree. I also have a couple citrus trees that I've grown from seeds. Basically, anytime I see a seed I stick it in soil!
My mom is an artist and my dad is an engineer. I like to think that the two combined to allow me to make the fun math resources you will find here.