## Brenda Barnett

## Sample Recording

**Click here**to view an Honors Algebra II class recording or

**click here**to view an Honors Pre-Calculus class recording.

Keep in mind these are from live classes and have not been edited. We encourage class participation and time is given to students to ask questions and to clarify concepts.

## About Mrs. Barnett

I earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma, taught in Texas public schools for 7 years, and then started a new career as a stay-at-home mom. As our family grew, we considered homeschooling and decided it would be an excellent fit.

Our family's homeschool journey began in 2001. We didn't start out with a plan to homeschool through high school graduation, but we grew to love the lifestyle and value the educational opportunities...so here we are! Our oldest has graduated college and started his career. Next fall we will have a graduate student, a college freshman, and a high school sophomore. It's been quite a journey and we're not through yet. Two of our children are National Merit Scholars and we are grateful to see that homeschooling our children has provided them with the opportunity to excel academically, socially, and in the areas of their individual interests. I consider myself very blessed to be able to work with other families - sharing my joy and passion for math with the students, encouraging them towards excellence, and taking some of the burden from the parents.

I love challenging students to become "Wise, Honest, Responsible, and Mature." These attributes contribute to success in academics and in life too! Math class can be a platform that encourages them to grow and develop their character as well their academics.

Although most people will never solve a complicated rational equation in the "real world," everyone benefits from the ability to think abstractly and to apply previous learning to new situations. Math is logical, predictable, and beautiful in its design and it would be an honor to share my love of math with your student this school year!

Our family's homeschool journey began in 2001. We didn't start out with a plan to homeschool through high school graduation, but we grew to love the lifestyle and value the educational opportunities...so here we are! Our oldest has graduated college and started his career. Next fall we will have a graduate student, a college freshman, and a high school sophomore. It's been quite a journey and we're not through yet. Two of our children are National Merit Scholars and we are grateful to see that homeschooling our children has provided them with the opportunity to excel academically, socially, and in the areas of their individual interests. I consider myself very blessed to be able to work with other families - sharing my joy and passion for math with the students, encouraging them towards excellence, and taking some of the burden from the parents.

I love challenging students to become "Wise, Honest, Responsible, and Mature." These attributes contribute to success in academics and in life too! Math class can be a platform that encourages them to grow and develop their character as well their academics.

Although most people will never solve a complicated rational equation in the "real world," everyone benefits from the ability to think abstractly and to apply previous learning to new situations. Math is logical, predictable, and beautiful in its design and it would be an honor to share my love of math with your student this school year!

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I would like to thank you for all that you have done for me these past years, you have pushed me in way to make me grow stronger and I could not appreciate that more. You have shined a light on learning and made it fun.
If any one is looking for an EXCELLENT math class, High School Math Live is superb! I took pre-calculus this past year and my teacher Brenda Barnett showed and explained concepts I would have never thought I could have understood! She is a wonderful teacher who breaks down what seems to be complex concepts and conveys them in such a way that is ridiculously easy to understand. Mrs. Barnett makes it really enjoyable to learn. She is extremely patient, organized, smart, and wants you to learn it well! I really enjoyed taking your class this year. You teach in a way that doesn't force us to think one way, but you allow us to think for ourselves. Thank you for trusting us to be wise, honest, responsible and mature students, and I will keep that in mind from now on. You have been my favorite teacher thus far in my schooling life, and I wanted to just thank you for taking the time to teach me. |
Your class and instruction have taught her soooo much about not only Algebra but LIFE! You are incredible teacher/mentor. I will refer my friends in your direction.
You have been so supportive and remind me of the teachers from my childhood who taught because it was their "calling" in life, not because it was a job. The kind that end up teaching you way more than the subject material! :) Having you as a teacher really pushed my son to do his best and I love the wisdom you shared with the kids at the beginning of the school year (and throughout the year at times) about keeping up with their work and working to master each concept well. You truly inspire of love of learning math in our kids. I so often hear people comment, “I’m not a math person” or “my kid is just not a math person,” but I honestly think if everyone had a math teacher like you that helps them paint a math picture in their head, understand what is really going on in each concept, or to help them see the practical use of math and how it applies to the world around us, everyone would be 'math people!” Mrs. Barnett is very thorough in her explanations and does her best to help her students understand and succeed. She is encouraging in her feedback. Brenda Barnett is encouraging and inspiring to our daughter. She expects excellence, and desire for each student to learn from their mistakes. She has fueled our daughters desire to pursue a degree in STEM. Excellent feedback written directly on the turned in quizzes and tests has been showing my precalculus student exactly where their thinking went wrong. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher. Truly blessed to have her be such an instrumental part of our sons education. Mrs. Barnett is professional and thorough. She holds the kids to very high standards in encouraging ways. My child’s teacher pushes him to apply himself and be a mature student to want more of himself. My student knows that Mrs. Barnett wants him to succeed and feels comfortable reaching out to her for help when he is struggling with a concept. He has enjoyed the class and been inspired to work hard. Mrs. Barnett is a very knowledgeable and experienced teacher. She is able to capture the classes attention and thoroughly explain the concepts being learned by the students. My son has truly enjoyed learning under Mrs. Barnett. Brenda is an A+ teacher. She makes the concepts easy to understand and is great with students and parents. She really cares about your child's success! Mrs. Barnett is a phenomenal online instructor! I speak as a veteran homeschooler of seven children who has used programs such as John Hopkins CTY online, Saxon, Math-U-See, Life of Fred, private tutors, and Teaching Textbooks. Of all these programs, I honestly believe that Mrs. Barnett's Algebra Honors has been one of our very best math investments. The quick grading and feedback is truly unrivaled. Mrs. Barnett has also been very understanding when my children have experienced difficulties and quickly supplied the extra help they needed to succeed. Mrs. Barnett makes online/distance learning feel more personal than if my son was sitting in her actual classroom. The effectiveness of this class in unparalleled. My son actually looks forward to class instead of tolerating it. I frequently hear him laugh during class because of something "Mrs. Barnett said." If he decides to skip out of class and research classic trucks she is on it and emails me. Love the accountability and transparency. |