Ms. James enjoys inviting professionals, like architects, into the classroom to demonstrate how they use math in their everyday work. She is a proud Jamaican-American who followed her sister into the education field.
Impacting Students Lessons that have been most impactful on my students are ones in which they are able to apply mathematical concepts to real-world problem-solving. One particular lesson that comes to mind is a volume and surface area lesson in which students were shown a video of the state of lunches in public schools and were asked to use their knowledge of nutrition and volume and surface area to design food trays that will maximize the nutritional value of a meal. The students were passionate about this social justice issue that affects many students.
Lifelong Learner I recently attended the People of Color Conference (POCC) in which I became empowered to help all my students to become more culturally competent and agents of change. This conference provided me with knowledge and tools that will help me better understand my students of color and how I may support their diverse needs. The conference also gave me the power to stand up and speak out.
Favorite Teaching Moment When my students learn new concepts well enough to apply them to real-world problems.
Life Goals Finish my doctoral studies in curriculum, instruction, and assessment
Hometown Kingston, Jamaica
Joined Graland in ... 2012
Also Known As ... Student Council Faculty Advisor, Faculty Liaison for International Family Affinity Group
Education MEd with honors in Educational Administration, The University of the West Indies BS with honors in Public Administration and International Relations, The University of the West Indies Degree in Secondary Education (honors)- Math and Integrated Science, Shortwood Teachers' College
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.