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Mathematics

Reason and communicate mathematically.

At Walker’s, mathematics instruction is guided by a desire to instill critical thinking and the integration of technology into classroom instruction.

Our math faculty provide experiences that encourage and enable students to value mathematics, develop confidence in their mathematical ability, use mathematics to solve problems, and be able to reason and communicate mathematically.

Instruction is problem-based and focuses on the practice of new skills and concrete applications. Mathematical rigor is introduced at all levels, commensurate with the course level. Our lower level courses are taught with a great deal of structure, providing a solid foundation for abstract thinking, integration, and synthesis needed in the more advanced selections. We offer regular and honors sections for every grade level; 98% of our students take a 4-year mathematics program. 

The traditional subjects of algebra, geometry and trigonometry provide the theoretical background for students intending to further their education. For students who plan to pursue careers in mathematics, science, and engineering, the pre-calculus and calculus courses are preparation for higher level mathematics courses.

Various teaching techniques are employed to address multiple learning styles in order to help each student find and develop her unique abilities and strengths in math. At the core of our mission is the determination to encourage our young women to find their own “unique voice” in our mathematics classrooms as students are encouraged to lead discussions, ask clarifying questions, and contribute alternative methods of problem solving.

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Mathematics Faculty

Darrell Carrington

Darrell Carrington P'02

Chair, Math Department and Math Faculty

Darrell Carrington P'02

What was it about The Ethel Walker School that made you want to work here? The setting. What is your favorite part of the subject(s) you teach now? Challenging the girls and making them think. What is your favorite Walker's tradition? Senior Picture on the Chapel Steps on Graduation Day. Why did you want to go into teaching? I love kids and teaching would give me the opportunity to stay involved in athletics (through coaching) which had always been a big part of my life. What other roles do you hold on campus? Mathematics Department Chair, Varsity Golf Coach What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Any vigorous outdoor activity ----- hike, bike, rollerblade, kayak, snowshoe. What is the most rewarding part about working at Walker's? The girls let me be me. Please list any awards, fellowships, or distinctions you have earned during your career:
  • Teams I coached have won three Founders League Titles
 

Julie Greshin P'12

Middle School Math/Science Faculty

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Julie Greshin P'12

Julie began teaching at Walker’s in the spring of 2005. She is a member of both the science department, teaching sixth grade science and eighth grade earth science, and the math department, teaching sixth and seventh grade math. Julie coordinates the School’s Wednesday morning assembly program, she is the head of the Middle School Math Olympiads club, assistant director of the Middle School winter play, and she is a student adviser. She began her teaching career at Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, CT.

Lee-Ann Harris P'13

Math Faculty

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Lee-Ann Harris P'13

Lee-Ann Harris is the director of the Middle School and a math teacher. She also coordinates the middle school community service and student government. Lee-Ann started her career here when the Middle School opened in 1990 and stayed for five years. After a break to raise her children, Lee-Ann returned to Walker’s in 2008. Lee-Ann has also worked in development overseeing the 2011 Centennial celebration. Lee-Ann lives in Avon with her husband and two children. Her daughter Allie graduated 2013.

Daniele Ness P'24, '25

Math Faculty and Robotics Program Director

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Daniele Ness P'24, '25

Daniele moved to Simsbury with her husband and three daughters from Maryland where she was teaching middle and upper school math. Daniele has a passion for math and has eight years of teaching experience in Texas and Maryland. She earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas and worked as an engineer prior to becoming a math teacher. As a civil engineer, she was a consultant for a structural engineering firm designing foundations and rectifying foundation failures in commercial businesses and residences. She was also an engineer for the city of Houston, where she was responsible for coordinating utility relocations for highway expansions. She is excited about combining her love of math and her interest in engineering here at Walker’s. She coordinates the robotics program as well as teaches math.

Jennifer Wall P'22

Math Faculty

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Jennifer Wall P'22

Jennifer Wall, a private math tutor for middle, high and college students, joined Walker’s in 2016 as a member of the math faculty. Jennifer is a graduate of the College of New Jersey and the New York Institute of Technology where she earned her master’s degree in instructional technology. Previously, Jennifer was a math teacher at Northern Valley Regional High School in New Jersey. She served as a long-term substitute at Walker’s during the 2011–2012 academic year where she taught AP calculus, AP statistics, honors calculus and trigonometry.