My name is Elizabeth Howard and I teach Algebra and 8th grade math at Gateway Middle School in Everett, WA. I will be starting my 25th year of teaching this year. All but my first five years of teaching have been at the middle school level in math. Prior to becoming a teacher, I was a Certified Public Accountant. My first "real" job when I was 16 was working at the University of Washington in a data center in which the computers I was working with filled an entire room! I guess I am aging myself!
I want my students to see the relevance in math to their lives and future. At least by the end of the school year most of my Algebra students have matured to the point where they "get this." I want them to experience that "Ah-Ha" earlier in the year and be engaged in math because they can see the importance and realize the beauty of this universal language.
Outside of school I enjoy brisk walks, kayaking, reading, and playing with my grandkids. The kayaking has been put on hold this summer since I broke my wrist roller skating with my 8th graders two days before school let out. I just hope I get back the full use of my right hand soon!