Hello! My name is Mrs. Priya Protzman. I teach Upper School Math and Computer Science Classes. This is my fourth year in the teaching field and my second year here at New Vistas. I am thrilled and excited to be a part of this amazing team of skilled faculty and exceptional students.
Many students would agree that math is not their favorite subject. I do understand that every student is unique and has his/her own set of strengths and weaknesses. I believe that math should be interesting and exciting. Therefore, I incorporate fun activities that fuel their passion for learning, such as learning fractions with baking or playing review games. I want my students to experience the fun in learning math and know that Math is a vital aspect in our lives. I also teach Computer Science where students learn the fundamentals of Computer Technology. I enjoy teaching these kids and watching them learn and grow.
This year I will be teaching the following classes
Algebra 1 Part 1 – This course is the first part of a two-year series. – This is a one-year course designed to review and extend those skills and concepts introduced in Pre-Algebra. Following that, students are introduced to many of the abstract concepts necessary for success in Algebra 2 and Geometry. Critical thinking skills are taught and practiced throughout.
Algebra 1 Part 2 – This course is the second in a two-year series. The course is designed to expose students to linear inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials and factoring. The students are introduced to quadratic functions as well. Critical thinking skills are both taught and practiced.
Algebra 2 – This is a one-year course designed to review and expand the skills and concepts introduced in Algebra I. Students develop a working understanding of a variety of different functions and relations. Critical thinking skills are both taught and practiced.
Computer Science – This is a one –year enrichment course with an emphasis on introduction to Technology. Students will get to know the different parts of a computer and its functions. Students are also encouraged to explore the sweeping innovations in Computer Technology. Projects are designed to promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Cooking (Exploratory) – This course will introduce students to healthy cooking with nutrition in mind. Students will be able to apply math skills to define vocabulary used in preparing meals and changing recipes to prepare their own healthy meal utilizing the kitchen facility here at New Vistas.
I am looking forward to an exciting year!