# Mathematics

## Department Mission Statement

The Mathematics Department at Seattle Prep strives to provide a high quality education in secondary mathematics, where students discover, develop, and apply their talents to the fullest. Our students are consistently encouraged to seek a conceptual understanding of mathematics and develop their problem-solving and reasoning skills as well as their ability to work cooperatively, think critically, and communicate precisely (in oral, written, and symbolic terms).

To facilitate this growth we employ a variety of teaching methods that aim to stimulate curiosity, encourage persistence, and incorporate technology use while reinforcing mathematics fundamentals needed for future study. Recognizing that each student learns differently, department members provide opportunities that address the diversity of learning styles with care and compassion. We believe in challenging students, both mathematically and personally, so that they will strive for excellence throughout their lives. Students should leave their classes with a lifelong appreciation of mathematics both in itself and in its real-world connections.

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## Meet the department chair

I feel at home on two continents, Europe and North America. I am an ethnic Hungarian from Slovakia (part of the former Czechoslovakia until 1993). I graduated from *Karlova Univerzita* (The Charles University) in Prague, Czech Republic with a degree in teaching high school mathematics and physics, and later received my Doctor of Natural Sciences degree from the same university. I taught math and physics in the Hungarian college preparatory high school *Vámbéry Ármin Gimnázium* in Dunajská Streda, Slovakia for 18 years. I joined the Mathematics Department of Seattle Preparatory School in 1997. Currently, I teach AP Calculus AB and Calculus, and chair the Math Department. I believe each of my students can be successful in math. I set clear expectations for them, encourage them to ask questions, try again if they make mistakes while guiding and helping them along the way. I moved to the U.S. in 1996 as a result of marrying my husband, Steve, whom I met while he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in my country. My son, Dávid and his wife, Jolene live in California. I am passionate about teaching and learning; I love reading, writing, baking, gardening, and traveling near and far.