Lauren Thorne/Roote, 2013

Math Teacher, Scranton Preparatory School

I currently work at Scranton Preparatory School as an algebra and geometry teacher. My college math courses made me aware of the bigger picture in mathematics. They helped me to not only grasp each individual subject on a higher level, but also to understand their connection to one another so I can convey their practical relationships and importance in the greater field of mathematics to my high school students.

What is your current employment?

I am currently teaching algebra and geometry at Scranton Preparatory School.

How did your math education at Marywood prepare you for your current job?

My college math courses made me aware of the bigger picture in mathematics. They helped me to not only grasp each individual subject on a higher level but also understand their connection to one another so I can convey their practical relationships and importance in the greater field of mathematics to my high school students. In addition, I learned different math teaching techniques via the math methods course I took. I had the opportunity to try out my own lesson plans with my fellow math education majors. My student teaching experience was invaluable in helping prepare me for my job today by allowing me to teach a full schedule to various grade levels under the supervision of a cooperating teacher.

What are your favorite memories as a math / math secondary education major at Marywood?

Some of my favorite memories were in the LAC when my math major friends and I would claim a classroom on a Sunday night and spend hours filling the chalkboards with various math problems and proofs we were working on. I also fondly remember sitting on the floor of Dr. Kent's office with my friends to ask questions we had about homework and projects. We spent several hours crammed in that tiny space like sardines in a can, but he was always really gracious to help us, and we were so grateful for the extra guidance.