Why I Teach
I teach because I enjoy working with young people. I would like to give them access to the same opportunities I had when I was growing up and prepare them well for an increasingly competitive world. I want to help raise expectations and standards for my students who I think are smart, amazing and capable of doing anything!


This year will be my 16th year teaching math and my third year teaching in the San Francisco Unified School District at James Denman Middle School. This year at James Denman I am the club sponsor for Pokemon Club, Black Student Union and Russian Club. Also at lunch each week there are three math seminars for students interested in learning about other topics in mathematics. Tuesday: Geometry, Wednesday: Relearn and Review, Thursday - Analysis.


Dance classes, cooking, sewing and design, opera and dance performance, museums, solving math problems, sightseeing, travel, hiking, the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

For Teachers

I have included detailed information below about my educational career here because over the years, a lot of teachers have found their way to this site.
I am hoping to give other teachers ideas about how to grow professionally, while staying in the classroom teaching students.
If you would like to create a class website like mine, scroll to the bottom of my class website and click in the Create a Site link. Here are sites I create or helped my friends create:

Mrs. Phillips (classroom theme - constellations)

Ms. Chew (classroom theme - school rocks) 

Mrs. Huynh-Kou (classroom theme - mindfullness)

Ms. Abernethy (Me) (classroom theme - peanuts)


I loved teaching in Oakland for 13 years. I taught for 10 years at Oakland High School. While there, I work closely with the OHS Environmental Science Academy. Prior to teaching high school, I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math for three years in Oakland.

While at Oakland High I was Math Department Chair and the Technovation and the Technology Club sponsor. I was the also web master for the Oakland Education Association from 2010 to 2014 and was an OEA union rep from 2010 to 2015. Through an IISME Summer Fellowship I wrote math curriculum for CK-12.

I have a BA in Pure Math from the University of California at Berkeley. While at Cal, I led a statistics workshop for the football team through the Athletic Department's Study Center (Go Bears!). I was also an undergraduate assistant for the PDP Calculus 1A, Calculus 1B, Math 53 and Math 54 intensified sections. I worked with the Hands on Universe Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and studied dance at the Ailey School in NY, NY.

Before teaching, I worked in finance at Barclays Global Investors in SF, CA (which has been acquired by Black Rock). While working in finance, I volunteered at San Quintin State Prison teaching GED math. I then obtained my teaching credential from California State University East Bay.

From 2012 - 2017, I was a Math For America Master Teacher Fellow at UC Berkeley and have been a mentor for new teachers through the UC Berkeley CAL Teach Program since 2012.

I also currently a member of the California State Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) in partnership with the California Teachers Association and Stanford University. I was selected in 2017 to be a California Representative of the NEA College and Career Readiness Working Group (CCRWG) focusing on Instructional Leadership.

I recently became a Trellis Mentor Fellow to help build a better future for new STEM teachers. Through Trellis I have done summer coaching in the Hollyhock Program at Stanford. In 2016 I was part a team of Trellis Mentors who received the Light Award.

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