Hi, my name is Danette Woods and I am so excited to teach 5th and 5/6th Compacted Math again this year at VVE. Although this is only my 2nd year at VVE, I have been a math teacher for 22 years and a teacher in the Eanes school district for 12 years. I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M (class of '94 - Whoop!) where I majored in Interdisciplinary Studies, minored in Mathematics, and began teaching shortly after graduating from this fine university. I also just finished my Master's Degree at Texas State University this summer. I’m so excited to use all of this experience and my love of mathematics to engage my students in (what I hope to be) their best year EVER!
In addition to being a teacher in Eanes, I am also a master teacher for an amazing Junior Math Camp called MathWorks, sponsored by Texas State University. I have been involved with this math camp for 15 years. Master teacher?? I know, it sounds so silly. Basically it means that I get to teach amazing kids amazing things at an amazing math camp - AND, I get to train teachers from all over the great state of Texas to take the elements from this camp and implement them into their own math classrooms during the regular school year. I have also helped the MathWorks' founders create several middle school math books over the past 5 years. Some are published, some are still being revised, but all are wonderful. You may see me weave elements from these books into my math lessons throughout the school year.
I pride myself on being a great traveler of the world. My first big trip was offered to me through Rotary International, where I served as a member on a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team. We traveled to South Korea, and spent a full month learning about the culture and falling in love with the people. After this amazing opportunity, I caught the travel bug. I've since been to many regions in the south of France, Barcelona Spain, Copenhagen Denmark, Oslo Norway, both Sardinia and Rome Italy, Athens, Mykonos and Santorini Greece, all over Mexico, a few regions in Canada, Costa Rica, and Prague. I will continue to try to fill up my passport and learn all I can about this big world in which we live.
I'd like to thank you for entrusting your child to me this year. I enjoy teaching very much and I am really a big dork about math. Please feel free to contact me any time you have questions, concerns, or really anything at all. I'm looking forward to a wonderful year - I hope you are too!