## Whitney Skipper

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## About Mrs. Skipper

Hi! My name is Whitney Skipper. I am the wife of Greg (my favorite pastor!) and mom of John Mark, David, Taylor Grace, and Joel (my favorite young adults!)...and mother-in-law to Katy and Emilie (wonderful family additions)...and math teacher...and floral designer. Life is full of lots of callings, isn't it? As your calling in this season is to be a student, it is my great privilege to come alongside you to teach geometry. In teaching, geometry is my passion! I absolutely LOVE how the components of geometry work together. It is fascinating! Even the Pythagorean Theorem amazes me...one leg of a right triangle squared plus the other leg of the triangle squared equals the hypotenuse squared ALL THE TIME. It works, and it works consistently, when much of life is full of unpredictability and challenge. Geometry is truly fun.

I have a degree from Clemson University in education. I met my husband there in 1991, and we have been married for 27 years. I now have a daughter who has recently graduated from Clemson (majored in Wildlife Biology, which she absolutely loved), and Clemson remains a place close to my heart. I also have a son, my youngest, at North Greenville University. He plays men's volleyball for NGU, so we are on the road frequently for volleyball games. They are fun to watch! My oldest son graduated from Anderson University four years ago, married our precious daughter-in-law three years ago, and lives nearby, which is a gift. My second son is also married. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate two years ago, and he is married to our other precious daughter-in-law. We are thrilled that they live close-by, as well. He is in law enforcement, and has studied hard for this season of life!

My favorite things: time with the Lord and my people; travel; being outside hiking, walking, exploring, and roller blading!; having people in our home; coffee, flowers, dark chocolate, and Thai food; laughing; dates with Husband; decorating; candles; sunset; geometry! (In this sometimes chaotic world, working math problems that always have a reachable right answer is somehow wonderfully therapeutic.)

I have taught almost every subject because of 16 years of homeschooling, but my favorites are math and math-rich sciences like chemistry and physics. In addition to my years homeschooling, I have taught speech, ballet, 6th grade math, pre-algebra, algebra I, and geometry in classroom settings. I also enjoy tutoring math...the one-on-one time is helpful for giving students more confidence and mastery. The classroom setting is my favorite, however, as it is a great opportunity for learning, practicing problems together, encouraging one-another, laughing, and fellowshipping in the midst of our work.

I do work hard to prepare and teach, and I expect my students to work hard, as well, as learning any new math takes diligence, practice, and perseverance. Geometry is no exception, but it is a great year of discovery and learning/applying new and intriguing aspects of math. I would love for you to join us!

I have a degree from Clemson University in education. I met my husband there in 1991, and we have been married for 27 years. I now have a daughter who has recently graduated from Clemson (majored in Wildlife Biology, which she absolutely loved), and Clemson remains a place close to my heart. I also have a son, my youngest, at North Greenville University. He plays men's volleyball for NGU, so we are on the road frequently for volleyball games. They are fun to watch! My oldest son graduated from Anderson University four years ago, married our precious daughter-in-law three years ago, and lives nearby, which is a gift. My second son is also married. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate two years ago, and he is married to our other precious daughter-in-law. We are thrilled that they live close-by, as well. He is in law enforcement, and has studied hard for this season of life!

My favorite things: time with the Lord and my people; travel; being outside hiking, walking, exploring, and roller blading!; having people in our home; coffee, flowers, dark chocolate, and Thai food; laughing; dates with Husband; decorating; candles; sunset; geometry! (In this sometimes chaotic world, working math problems that always have a reachable right answer is somehow wonderfully therapeutic.)

I have taught almost every subject because of 16 years of homeschooling, but my favorites are math and math-rich sciences like chemistry and physics. In addition to my years homeschooling, I have taught speech, ballet, 6th grade math, pre-algebra, algebra I, and geometry in classroom settings. I also enjoy tutoring math...the one-on-one time is helpful for giving students more confidence and mastery. The classroom setting is my favorite, however, as it is a great opportunity for learning, practicing problems together, encouraging one-another, laughing, and fellowshipping in the midst of our work.

I do work hard to prepare and teach, and I expect my students to work hard, as well, as learning any new math takes diligence, practice, and perseverance. Geometry is no exception, but it is a great year of discovery and learning/applying new and intriguing aspects of math. I would love for you to join us!

## Students tell me:Thank you, Mrs. Skipper, for being my teacher this year! I extremely enjoyed geometry. Two years ago I dropped out of geometry because I wasn't making a good grade. You are an amazing teacher and a perfect example of what it means to glorify God in everything you do! I see that in your teaching! I got an A this year because of you! Thank you so much!
Dear Mrs. Whitney, Thank you so much for all the help you've given me in math. Before I started getting tutored with you, I would always be really nervous before tests and quizzes, but now I am not nervous, and I am way more confident in the subject! The way you explain things is so clear and it calms me and makes me understand math better than I ever could! Thank you! I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing year of Geometry! I enjoyed going to class and you always explained the concepts so well that I always felt prepared to do the homework. I have learned so much and I feel so prepared for Algebra 2. Thank you so much for answering any questions I had. It was so fun to learn geometry from you. I've really enjoyed having you as a teacher this year. You always made sure I understood concepts, and you were willing to stay after class if I was having trouble with something. Thank you so much for all the help this year. You turned geometry into something not torturous!😊 Dear Mrs. Skipper, I loved being In your geometry class this year, and I've loved learning from you. I appreciate the ways you creatively explained the concepts we were learning and constantly pushed us to do our best. I will miss having you as a teacher, but thank you for a great year of math. |
## Parents tell me:Mrs. Skipper has been an answer to prayer for our daughter. Our daughter had been really struggling in math for the last two years and had developed a lot of anxiety. We were not sure what to do. We sought Mrs. Skipper's help early this fall after our daughter received a C on her report card in geometry. With Mrs. Skipper's weekly tutoring sessions, our daughter's last report card went from a C first quarter to an A second quarter! We were thrilled, and so was our daughter. She looks forward to her time with Mrs. Skipper, who is a calming influence on her with the "math anxiety" that she has had. We are very thankful for Mrs. Skipper's skills and patience and the major changes we have seen so far in our daughter's confidence and abilities! Mrs. Skipper goes above and beyond to communicate clearly, offer grace with new expectations until everyone has had a chance to adjust, and be clear multiple times about consequences of late work and quiz scans that are illegible. Ms. Skipper truly cares for her students: their education and character. I'm so thankful she is partnering with us, and my son. Mrs. Skipper explains things very well. I Iove all the motivation she gives [my daughter]. It really shows she wants all in her class to succeed. Mrs. Skipper is very nice, but she can be very strict about how and when to turn things in. She is a wonderful teacher regardless. Mrs. Skipper is patient and kind to students who are engaged and participating, but also is fair in that she appropriately calls out irresponsible behavior when needed. She explains concepts clearly and my daughter comes away understanding. Mrs. Skipper is engaging and offers to provide additional insights when needed. [Mrs. Skipper] truly cares for her students and wants to see them succeed in math. Mrs Skipper is patient and understanding and truly wants your child to succeed and will help them as much as she can. Whitney Skipper has been very responsive. She is firm with her students especially when it comes to attention to details - no wiggle room. This helps prepare them for ALL of life and for continued success in mathematics. Thank you so much for making Geometry such an accessible subject for [my daughter]. It is the first math level I “gave away” to someone else to teach so I can focus on teaching high school sciences. I so appreciate your knowledge base and teaching style. [My daughter] had a great year and felt very encouraged. I hope you have a great summer, and I do hope we “see” you in a couple of years when her sister is ready for Geometry!! You have helped [my son] to see himself as good at math again! Way to go! I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate you. [Our daughter] loves her class! You do an excellent job of keeping the students engaged. Keep up the good work! Thank you for teaching [our boys}. We appreciate your patience, perseverance, and care for each of your students. [My daughter] is enjoying your class very much! I sometimes come in a listen for a few minutes and I’m very happy with the way you run the class and how you have all information available. Thank you for being a great teacher and helping her have a good experience with Geometry. Please accept my sincerest gratitude to you. I appreciate that you use your gifts in math and teaching. It has blessed our family so very much. |