## Sample Recording

**Click here**for a LIVE recording of Algebra 1 or

**click here**for a LIVE recording of Algebra 2. Keep in mind this is from a live class and it has not been edited. We encourage class participation and time is given to students to ask questions and to clarify concepts. I will be teaching two sections of Algebra 2 during the 2019-2020 school year.

## About Mrs. Gearheart

Hello all! I'm Suzi Gearheart and I'm so excited to join you on this year's math adventure! I'll start by saying that when I was your age, math was the last thing I'd label 'an adventure'. If anything, it was a nightmare. I struggled with math for years and although I graduated salutatorian of my class in 2007 it was never an easy journey. My senior year of high school I had an incredibly patient Calculus I teacher. I only had her for the spring semester, but she changed my life! She used to tell me that math was in my blood and that the love of it was simply waiting to be fostered. I bought in to her madness and here I am, over a decade later, so incredibly crazy about everything mathematics that I can hardly contain my excitement!

I have a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Sam Houston State University. SHSU prepared us well for graduate programs all over the country, but I chose to stay at SHSU where I received a Master of Science in mathematics while simultaneously teaching developmental math courses to struggling students at SHSU. As both an undergraduate and graduate student I was a member of a mathematical research team under the instruction of incredibly talented mathematicians that showed us that math isn't just a bunch of formulas and numbers. It's a logic puzzle, it's art, it's beauty, it's magic, it's despair and joy rolled into one, it is so very fulfilling and maddening all at the same time, and it can be fully enjoyed by all ages and at all levels! Can you see it? Can you see the potential that this year holds for us? GOOD!

Now, enough math for a quick minute. I'll tell you a little bit about myself that isn't math related so that you know that I'm not JUST a crazy math lady! I have a husband, Danny. We've been married since 2008 and it's been such a sweet and adventurous journey. We have 4 kids, 3 dogs, and we live at a camp in Southeast Texas (my husband's job) -- my kids think it's weird that other people don't have zip-lines and ropes courses in their backyards! I've worked in all areas from being a lifeguard, cleaning toilets (ugh!), cooking, teaching (high school and college), and now HSML. I've done it all and of it all, teaching is my favorite. I've homeschooled our kids since our oldest started school in 2013 and I cannot imagine doing anything else. I also tutor students from kindergarten through graduate mathematics. So yes, my life is chaos and I'm asking you to join my crazy this year! My personal philosophy has roots that date back to the early 1800's and maybe further. You've probably heard it before -- "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for his lifetime."

Thus, here I am with HSML. I can't wait to start the 2019-2020 school year with you all!

I have a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Sam Houston State University. SHSU prepared us well for graduate programs all over the country, but I chose to stay at SHSU where I received a Master of Science in mathematics while simultaneously teaching developmental math courses to struggling students at SHSU. As both an undergraduate and graduate student I was a member of a mathematical research team under the instruction of incredibly talented mathematicians that showed us that math isn't just a bunch of formulas and numbers. It's a logic puzzle, it's art, it's beauty, it's magic, it's despair and joy rolled into one, it is so very fulfilling and maddening all at the same time, and it can be fully enjoyed by all ages and at all levels! Can you see it? Can you see the potential that this year holds for us? GOOD!

Now, enough math for a quick minute. I'll tell you a little bit about myself that isn't math related so that you know that I'm not JUST a crazy math lady! I have a husband, Danny. We've been married since 2008 and it's been such a sweet and adventurous journey. We have 4 kids, 3 dogs, and we live at a camp in Southeast Texas (my husband's job) -- my kids think it's weird that other people don't have zip-lines and ropes courses in their backyards! I've worked in all areas from being a lifeguard, cleaning toilets (ugh!), cooking, teaching (high school and college), and now HSML. I've done it all and of it all, teaching is my favorite. I've homeschooled our kids since our oldest started school in 2013 and I cannot imagine doing anything else. I also tutor students from kindergarten through graduate mathematics. So yes, my life is chaos and I'm asking you to join my crazy this year! My personal philosophy has roots that date back to the early 1800's and maybe further. You've probably heard it before -- "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for his lifetime."

Thus, here I am with HSML. I can't wait to start the 2019-2020 school year with you all!

## Students tell me: |
## Parents tell me: |

"Apparently, math can become addicting."
"I get it!!!!!!!!!! Best math class ever!" "I just wanted to let you know that I'm starting to actually love calculus, and when I'm having a stressful day I find that derivatives are quite relieving!" |
"Mrs. Gearheart is firm but fair, very organized, has a good grasp of math, is very effective at helping her students understand difficult math concepts, and is very responsive in and out of class. She obviously cares about her students."
"If we could have her teach every grade level it would be a blessing." "Mrs. Gearheart is very engaging and makes Carly laugh and talk out loud during her class. She keeps Carly's attention throughout the class, and is amazingly quick to respond to questions or to help out with a problem. She is also very understanding regarding the occasional conflicts that arise in a student's schedule. She has sent heartfelt notes to Carly when Carly has reached out with a problem. For example, when getting a much lower grade on a particular quiz than she ever has and then beating herself up about it." |