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Yevonne Merlin
Mathematics
(since 2004)
Email: ymerlin@southwesternacademy.edu





Birthplace:
Landstuhl, Germany

College Degree: B.S., Mathematics Education, Minor in Physical Science

Classes taught: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Calculus, SAT Preparation

Educational field trips: Arizona Science Center, NAU periodical research instruction, Integrated Southwestern History trips, Integrated Science Fair trips, Assist on a variety of Outdoor Education field trips

I am in charge of the following school events/activities:
German dinner, Halloween party and activities, Christmas party and activities, bowling, ice skating, rollerblading, skateboarding, snow play, movies, gymnastics, board game nights, shopping, school dances and hosting parties with other schools, zoo trips, assisting on a variety of other outdoor activities

Interests other than teaching: playing the piano, bowling, writing poetry, enjoying soccer, basketball and volleyball

I like teaching at Southwestern because: I love the small classes and the family atmosphere. I get to know my students on a variety of levels, academically, personally, and emotionally. Even if they don’t love mathematics, as I do, I learn to appreciate their other gifts and talents and to use this knowledge to not only teach them, but also to encourage them in their educational journey.

My teaching philosophy: “Mathematics is not a spectator sport.” Students learn math, by doing math and students work on math everyday in my classes, they don't just listen. They explore math through the use of white boards, graphing calculators, the geometers’ sketchpad computer program, a variety of puzzles, field trips, and through the presentation of written, oral and visual math related projects.

 

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