Vivian Shell

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Vivian Shell

I have taught middle and high school mathematics in the Salt Lake City School District for 15 years. I've spent the past 4 years at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education, teaching and helping build a school for diverse learners. Previously, I taught Pre Algebra, Algebra, and English as a Second Language (ESL) Math at Northwest Middle School. During a sabbatical, I worked to help students transition from middle to high school. I provide all students with access to quality education by working with their individual strengths. In my quest to help students find success and a sense of belonging, I have implemented support structures, such as Girls' Math Club, a Math in the City project, Math Lab, and an afterschool homework hall. My belief in collaboration has led to work with several learning communities, including cross-curricular teams, networks for inclusive practices, and curriculum design teams. I am a mentor for new teachers in the Support and Mentoring in an Alternative Route to Teaching program with Math for America. I am also known for my innovative and accessible teaching methods and has presented throughout the State. I am the 2011 awardee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching for the state of Utah. I have a B.S., cum laude, in geology from the University of Utah and am certified in geology and mathematics education and endorsed in ESL.