DOES YOUR TIME TO PLAN FLY AWAY? Tell me. . .
- Do you find time in your workday to actually plan amazing, engaging lessons?
- Do those minutes disappear with countless other tasks you are asked to do each day?
- Are you in need of a better way to help your students “chunk” rigorous lesson content or fully-editable presentations?
- Have you been searching for a new cooperative activity to liven up old routines?
- Do you want to provide your students an opportunity to participate in learning?
- Are you teaching a high-stakes math class for the first time?
Did I hear a YES? No worries, I’m here to help!
Writing and sharing curriculum for your honors mathematics student has been my passion for over 20 years. My products are differentiated, teacher-tested, and proven to be educationally-sound by brain-based research (Tomlinson, 1999). If you are pressed for time, teaching a new course for the first time, or just need to bring some pizzazz into your tried-and-true lessons, I have just what you are looking for with great value and minimal prep time. I’m very excited to share my full line of curriculum products with you and your students.
WHY FLAMINGO MATH?
I know a flamingo can do little in the computational world of mathematics. However, I’ve always fancied these graceful creatures and the whimsical art that has an almost cult following surrounding them. But, to be honest, FLA–MI–NGO is an acronym for my life as an educator. First, I’m a Florida native (FLA) and I began my teaching career in 1995 on Merritt Island (MI). By the way, Merritt Island, FL is the location of Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral, as we used to say back in 1965, when I first moved there. Having moved to Lakeland, FL, in 1999, I found myself moving again, in 2005. This time to Orlando, FL, or as my acronym goes . . . Now Greater Orlando (NGO). Here was the birth of my new venture FLA-MI-NGO MATH!
MY JOURNEY TO BECOME AN EDUCATOR
Many childhood events led me to teaching. I now consider it a calling in my life’s journey. However, I come from a long line of residential builders. So, my first love was to become an architect. My grandfather taught me to draft blueprints when I was 10 years old. I designed and built my first house in 1982, and I currently hold a Florida State Certified Building Contractor’s License. No really, I do…
Raising a family first, I made a decision to finish my education when my son entered the third grade, in 1987. I finally graduated, in 1995, from the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, FL. Hey, it only took me eight years. (I had Little League games to attend and birthday parties to plan.)
HOW I BECAME A TEACHER/AUTHOR
Now, 24 years have flown by! Every day I can honestly say that I truly love what I do. I’ve taught high school math from Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus. With each passing year, I hear so many educators lament about how they need more time to plan and design great lessons. I have also seen a decline in the quality and rigor that I demanded for my students with each new textbook adoption. That’s where my obsession with curriculum design and sharing lessons with colleagues begins.
Early in my career I attended a Dinah Zike Foldables event. She had me hooked on brain-based research and the power of graphic organizers. I began to experiment with her ideas and have never looked back. My classroom atmosphere and the attitudes of my students were transformed. Learning became fun and alive. My colleagues just stood back and watched with skepticism. After a very successful year on F.C.A.T. scores for my low-level Algebra 1B students, a few colleagues wanted to try what I was doing. Each night and most weekends, I would diligently work on designing curriculum that we could use. And, the rest is history.
Today my curriculum for students from Algebra to Calculus is shared with students around the world. I have a true passion for designing activities and lessons that come alive through active engagement. With decades of practice, reflection, and observation, I am thrilled and excited to share these products with you and your students. In 2017, I retired from my full-time classroom position. I still help my colleague when he needs a “stand-in” for Pre-Calculus or Calculus. It keeps me actively engaged with students, so I can continue to bring high-quality, engaging resources to you and your students.
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