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 tutor students from kindergarten through graduate mathematics. 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 to 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 2018-2019 school year with you all!
"I just want to let you know that I didn't have a math class today because we're finishing up finals and I seriously felt deprived all day and I'm blaming you for making me this way! It got so bad that at one point I was literally counting down the hours until tutoring. Apparently, math can become addicting."
"I have ONLY seen Preston excited about school/learning ONCE ... ever ... that was when he learned a science experiment that would inflate a balloon. Thank you, thank you, thank you. He said that you were fun, patient, and explained things so he could understand. Oh, and he said, "She's soooo smart" and he can't wait until next Monday."