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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

Jennifer Wall P'22, '24

Math Department Chair, Math Faculty

Jennifer Wall P'22, '24

 860-408-4267

B.A., The College of New Jersey
M.A., New York Institute of Technology

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.

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Chris Hague

Chris Hague

Math Faculty

Chris Hague

 860-408-4265

B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South
M.Sc., Queen's University

Chris Hague graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a B.A. in Psychology and received his Master’s in Sports Psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Chris’s research and thesis centered around coaching dynamics and athlete development, and he co-authored two peer-reviewed papers. Chris has taught mathematics for almost 10 years. For the past three years, he lived in Madaba, Jordan while on the faculty of King’s Academy. He and his wife, Carolyn, are excited to join the Walker’s community.

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Kathy Kleis

Kathy Kleis

Math Faculty

Kathy Kleis

B.A., B.S., University of Rhode Island

Ms. Kleis went to URI where she double majored in Secondary Education/Mathematics and minored in Leadership. Having specialized in high-need programs, she has experience teaching in Providence, Bridgeport, and Hartford. A fun fact is she has now taught at every type of school: metropolitan, charter, public, and now private. She has a twin sister and absolutely loves fashion, travel, and sports — especially basketball and lacrosse.

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Ravi Pillalamarri

Ravi Pillalamarri

Math Faculty, Assistant Director of Social Justice and Inclusion

Ravi Pillalamarri

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B.A., Goucher College

Two weeks after Ravi finished student teaching, he started in a sixth grade classroom midyear and has been teaching math ever since. Ravi has taught everything from regular grade six math to IB Analysis and Approaches HL, in public and private schools. If you have a math question, even if you aren’t in his classes, chances are he will be happy to help you. When he’s not working, Ravi likes making Indian food and playing Overwatch.

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Toby Way (Wei)

Toby Way

Math Faculty

Toby Way

 860-408-4269

B.A., University of Connecticut
M.A., University of Connecticut

Graduating from UConn Neag School of Education, Mr. Way is thrilled to be part of the Walker’s community. To him, math is a lens to see the world, a language that connects disciplines, and a critical tool to our democratic participation. He is aspired to not only teach the students content, but also how to see the world through math!

 

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