My name is Laura Lee. I started teaching math at West Junior High in Hopkins, Minnesota at the start of the 2013-14 school year. I teach mostly 7th grade Pre-Algebra with a couple of sections of 8th grade Algebra thrown in every now and then.
Hopkins is a western suburb of Minneapolis. West Junior High is one of two junior highs in the Hopkins School District. Last year West officially became recognized as an International Baccalaureate school in the Middle Years Program (MYP). About 40% of our students are students of color and about 40% qualify for free/reduced lunch. As a 2001 graduate of West, I can honestly say that I work with some of the most caring, creative and dedicated teachers in the world!
I have a Bachelors of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Minnesota Duluth, but after a less than inspiring internship downtown Minneapolis, I went back and got my teaching license and Masters of Education (mathematics) from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
I love math as a Math Contemplator (click here to see an article by Matt Bianco and his three types of math perspectives). I love how it makes sense and strive to get my students to understand why the mathematics they learn every day makes sense. They cannot see math as just rules and procedures to memorize. My job is to help them see why it really does make sense.
When I’m not teaching, I love being outside (hiking, camping, biking, exploring, swimming, bonfires…), reading, and hanging out with my family up at my cabin in northern Wisconsin.