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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Darrell Carrington P'02
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.Read Full Profile
Kara Ingram P'28
Kara comes to Walker’s from Jeju, Korea where she founded the statistics program and served as a secondary mathematics teacher at Saint Johnsbury Academy. Previously, she taught math in China and Colorado. Kara is a gifted education specialist and was a certified depth and complexity trainer for the Colorado Department of Education. Kara is a TESOL-certified teacher of English to speakers of other languages, and she holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction, secondary mathematics from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Science in business economics from the University of Texas at Tyler. Kara is a member of the Smith Dorm faculty, and her daughter, Adalynn, is in sixth grade this year.Read Full Profile
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. Daniele combines her love of math and her interest in engineering here at Walker’s. She coordinates the robotics program as well as teaches math.Read Full Profile
Jennifer Wall P'22, '24
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.Read Full Profile