Welcome to CaptainMath.net!
This website serves as a hub for information that I wish to provide to those with whom I connect in the different worlds I live in.
Since 1986, I've been a teacher of Mathematics in Pennsylvania public schools: the first five years I taught in the Oswayo Valley School District in Potter County, PA, and since 1991 I've taught in my current home in the Delaware Valley School District in Milford, PA. Currently, I teach Geometry and Statistics courses.
I've taught Honors Geometry as long as I've been a teacher, and in recent years we've offered a terrific program at DVHS that allows students to deepen their understanding of Geometry and Biology as we team-teach these two subjects in an innovative program linking the two disciplines. Along with my co-teacher in Biology, we work very hard to keep our content current through continued study and involvement in an ongoing program funded by the National Science Foundation.
I also teach AP Statistics and I love it! The subject allows me to further show students how we really all use Math every day, and prepares them for the widest range of courses of study in college that any Mathematics course could cover. I love seeing my students grow through the course and watching how it shapes their thinking not only about data but about the world they live in. So many have told me that they find themselves thinking about data and statistics all the time even when they're not working on this class, and I'm also blessed to see quite a few of them pursue and enter Statistics as a career. I've also served as a Reader for the AP Statistics test, and the experiences I've had and the friends that I've made through that work has been one of the more rewarding ventures I've enjoyed in my career.
I believe students learn mathematics best when they discover mathematics for themselves and communicate what they've learned, both orally and in writing, to others. They need to apply, justify, and interpret their results, not just get answers. I love teaching with tools that enable students to explore, conjecture, and experiment with Mathematics. Teaching Mathematics is not for the faint of heart; too often challenges arise in students' lack of mental discipline to persevere, sometimes due to their belief that they cannot succeed, sometimes because they lack the will to accomplish something great. This is the challenge of the Math teacher.
I've coached our school's Scholastic Bowl team for many years and I run the school's Geocaching Club; this site includes pages for these activities. Finally, I've also got a section on what has probably been my most favorite hobby I've enjoyed in my life - geocaching - which allows me to combine my love of adventure and travel and the outdoors with my excitement for problem-solving and technology.
I love the subject I teach and while I enjoy talking about a wide variety of subjects, there is no subject I'd rather teach. Someone once said that Mathematics is the study of pattern, and I really believe that's a good description of this subject. I love it when students make the connection that two or more seemingly disparate contexts are the same mathematically - essentially that they are isomorphic. There is no other subject in which this happens. And that is the beauty of Mathematics.
Thanks for visiting! "We all use Math every day!"
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