We are so excited to present our first Teacher of the Month of the 2016-17 school year: Melissa Christensen! Melissa is a fabulous math teacher who teaches at Lamar Louise Middle School in Miami, Florida.
Read on to learn about Melissa, our August Teacher of the Month, and how she uses Edcite in her school.
I am married with one child who is off to college this fall. When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling, watching Marlins baseball, and cheering on the Florida State University Seminoles. I am in my 12th year of teaching Middle School Math (6th through Algebra, Regular, Advanced, IB, and Gifted students in blended classes).
What do you teach?
I currently teach with a co-teacher in a technology infused middle grades math class called iPrep Math. Our curriculum is computer based and we follow a project based learning format where students are encouraged to work individually or in small groups. My job is to facilitate learning by addressing the needs of individual students.
Why did you become a teacher?
I have a BA in International Relations and a M.P.A. I decided to teach math because I remember how hard it was for me and I felt that I could empathize with students and give them confidence that they could succeed.
How did you hear about Edcite?
I heard about Edcite through an email that I happened to open…the email talked about computer based test questions, and I knew that would fit perfectly into my class and help my students prepare for the new FSA Florida state exam.
How do you use Edcite in the classroom? What aspects make you most “Edcited” about Edcite?
I like the variety of Edcite questions. I like the variety of reports that can help me better use the data to help my students. I am impressed with their customer service as they are always available. Also, I am using Edcite to make our district Topic Exams more closely resemble the FSA.
Final Words of Wisdom for other Edcite Users?
The software is powerful, but there is a “learning curve.” Do not give up, and don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org because they are ready and willing to help.