Mathematics

Viking mathematicians will learn to use new models and methods to think about problems as well as solve them. Viking mathematicians will make connections, discover relationships, figure out strategies that can be used to solve problems, and explain their thinking. Viking mathematicians will learn to cooperate with other students as a member of a study team. Being a part of a team means speaking up and interacting with other people by explaining your ideas, listening to what others say and asking questions if there is something they don’t understand. Viking mathematicians will complete hands-on activities and lessons to help build their mathematical understanding.   

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Meet your Math Teacher!

Mrs. Link teaches Integrated Math 7 and AVID 7 at MVA. This is her 4th year teaching at MVA. She enjoys helping all students gain a better understanding of math and to watch their Ah-Ha moments. In her classroom, students are expected to work in collaborative groups to develop different strategies for working through difficult problems. Students will be using Google Classroom for classwork and homework assignments.  Her goal for the year is to make you love math more than you did on the first day of school. When not in her classroom, she enjoys sports (both coaching and playing), camping and spending time with her husband, two children and 6 animals. You can find her syllabus here, follow her journey on twitter @nlink or contact her via email at nicole.link@sweetwaterschools.org

Mr. Williams currently teaches Compacted Math 7 and this year marks his 20th year as a math teacher in the district. He enjoys helping students to see the math that exists in the world around them. Mr. Williams has gone paperless and supplies all students with the learning and practice materials digitally through Google Classroom. See his syllabus here. Follow the adventure on Twitter @SDMathTiki or feel free to contact him via email: edward.williamsii@sweetwaterschools.org

Mrs. Williams teaches Integrated Math 7 in a co-teach classroom. This is her 15th year teaching middle school math in the district. She enjoys seeing all students build confidence in their math abilities throughout the year. In her classroom, students often work in collaborative groups, sharing their different strategies and building off the ideas of others. When she’s not in her classroom, she enjoys mentoring new teachers, playing soccer, and spending time with her 2 kids. You can find her syllabus here (IM7 Syllabus English)(IM7 Syllabus Spanish) and contact her via email at mimi.williams@sweetwaterschools.org.

Ms. Valverde is in her 8th year of teaching. She attended San Diego State University and Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Morelos in Mexico. She speaks both Spanish and English. Ms. Valverde was born in Cuernavaca Morelos and came to the United States 24 years ago. She got her Bachelor degree in computer science and administration and is a bilingual credentialed teacher in California for mathematics and computer programing. She has taught in middle school and high-school, is a personal coach, she owns businesses, has run half marathons and enrolled into a full marathon next year. Ms. Valverde was a cancer survivor at age 26, is a respite parent for foster babies age 0-5 and is an upcoming author of the book, “What I did not learn in school, Creating a better world through our children.” You can contact her via email at Angelica.ValverdeBarrera@sweetwaterschools.org

Robert Holguin, Integrated Math 7 (IM7) teacher at Mar Vista Academy, aka MVA!  This is my 23rd year teaching, 13 of them with Sweetwater.  Graduated from SDSU, Bachelor of Arts – Mathematics in 1976.  My #1 priority is to support my students during their transition from child to teen.  To that end, each and every student is made aware that every action has a consequence, be it positive or negative.  My job is to guide your daughter/son in making thoughtful, calculated decisions that will result in positive outcomes.  Any questions and/or concerns, contact me at robert.holguin@sweetwaterschools.org. or (805) 276-5467.

Mrs. Cooke-Salas has been teaching here for 29 years! Her reason for teaching is that she knows how important mathematics is to each student’s future success. She presents math in ways that keep her students working together and thinking. She loves animals and enjoys sailing in her little bit of free time. You can contact Mrs. Salas through Jupiter Grades, or directly through her e-mail: colleen.cooke-salas@sweetwaterschools.org.

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Check out our Math activities at Mar Vista Academy!