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Mr. James Marando

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Mr. James Marando

My experience has taken me down a very unique career path. I have taught in an inner city highschool, a small, blue-collar city, a suburban junior high, a private high school and an upper middle/upper class district.  I also have experience teaching at Purdue Unniversity Northwest, Arizona State University West and Paradise Valley Community College.  Being fortunate enough to teach everything from basic 7 th grade math to AP Calculus BC has added to the diverse population I have taught. With all this experience, I have established a large career base on which to grow.  My classroom management style is also unique. I run an interactive classroom open to questions and answers. My goal in every class is to interact with each of my students. I treat my students with respect and strive to earn their respect. I look for those little things that spark my students, be it a sport, an interest or way to interact. I also use a variety of technology. Interactive boards, calculator emulators and presentations are just some of the technology I use. I believe it is my job to create an atmosphere of student ownership in their education. Once ownership is achieved, learning can take place. This leads to one of my strongest beliefs; teaching occurs when learning takes place.

At Cactus Shadows, I am teaching Algebra and two levels of AP Calculus. At PVCC, I am teaching Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. I have been consistently involved in other aspects of education, besides the classroom. I have served on several committees and accepted many leadership roles. I have coached many sports, both girls’ and boys’, at many levels in middle/high school. I am also the club sponsor for the Math Club/Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society).

As a learner, I am motivated and eager to learn about technology. I am self-taught in most of my computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email applications and interactive software. I have trained several people in the use of technology in the classroom. I actively seek new and innovative ways to incorporate technology into my classroom.

Education:
Purdue University – Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
Purdue University Calumet – Graduate Studies in Mathematics
University of Phoenix – Master of Arts in Educational Administration