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Annie Lassiter

Math Teacher

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
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Graland Country Day School

55 CLERMONT STREET    DENVER, CO 80220    303.399.0390   
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.