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Mathematics

The Besant Hill School Mathematics Department offers a substantive sequence of college prep math courses for students with varied learning styles and academic interests.

Mathematics

The Besant Hill School Mathematics Department offers a substantive sequence of college prep math courses for students with varied learning styles and academic interests.

Our goal is to prepare every student to reach his or her potential in a supportive, academically-focused environment. In every mathematics course, we want students to learn what it means to explore and discover mathematics. Our students learn what it means to collect data, observe patterns, make conjectures, and then generalize their findings. They know what it means to produce a coherent logical argument, to think deductively. They understand what it means to create a mathematical model and represent a solution analytically, geometrically, numerically, and verbally. At Besant Hill School, students learn what it means to analyze a problem and persevere until it is solved. In essence, students truly understand what it means to develop the habits of the mind of a mathematician and think critically. We believe all students can succeed and come to appreciate the power and beauty of mathematics.

Our goal is to prepare every student to reach his or her potential in a supportive, academically-focused environment. In every mathematics course, we want students to learn what it means to explore and discover mathematics. Our students learn what it means to collect data, observe patterns, make conjectures, and then generalize their findings. They know what it means to produce a coherent logical argument, to think deductively. They understand what it means to create a mathematical model and represent a solution analytically, geometrically, numerically, and verbally. At Besant Hill School, students learn what it means to analyze a problem and persevere until it is solved. In essence, students truly understand what it means to develop the habits of the mind of a mathematician and think critically. We believe all students can succeed and come to appreciate the power and beauty of mathematics.

Chris Maddalone

Science & Math Department Chair

My educational philosophy is closely aligned with Besant Hill School’s motto, Aun Aprendo – I am still learning.”  As an educator, it is a primary responsibility to inspire my students so that they may subscribe to the words of Michelangelo, “Grant that I may always aspire to more than I accomplish.”

cmaddalone@besanthill.org

Karen Haldeman

Mathematics Teacher

“As an educator, my goal, whether in the classroom, dormitory, or athletic field is to create an environment that encourages and supports each individual as they grow and pursue their unique goals. Along the way, I hope to inspire a love or at least an appreciation for the beauty of mathematics.”

khaldeman@besanthill.org

Kenny Dennie

Mathematics Teacher

“I believe that truth can only be realized when there is a community of people actively pursuing it. That is why I am so happy to be a part of the Besant Hill community full of growth-minded individuals who live up to the motto “Aún Aprendo.”

kdennie@besanthill.org

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