Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Lassiter, enjoys daily interaction with her math students, colleagues and parents. She can often be found with a pair of knitting needles and her latest creative project in hand.
Impacting Students I like to sharing mental math strategies with students and guiding them in observing math patterns. I use pull apart licorice to demonstrate fractions as division problems -- 5/3 is the same as 1-2/3 or 5 thirds.
Lifelong Learner At a middle school math conference in Santa Fe, I interacted with other math teachers and came back rejuvenated to teach middle schoolers.
Favorite Teaching Moment I loved hearing a student say “the bar model made the problem so much easier.” I feel rewarded when a student who does not initially like math starts to see themselves as a math person.
Favorite Use of Math in the Real World Telling people who play tennis that switching sides during a tie breaker is based on modular math, 1mod4, when the sum of points is one more than a multiple of four.
Outside the Classroom I’m ... Playing tennis, swimming, walking with friends or knitting.
Life Goal Travel to Southeast Asia.
Joined Graland in... 1991-2000, 2009 to present
Also Known As ... Grade 5 Team Member, Grade 5 Trip Leader, Math Olympiad Coach, Math/Art/Science Fair Contributor
Hometown Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Education BA from University of Vermont MA from University of Pittsburgh
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.