Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics Masters in Middle School Math Education National Board Certification AIG Certification
Mrs. Christen VanNewkirk
I hope you have a great summer and look forward to working with you in the Fall!
Welcome to my Class!
My name is Christen VanNewkirk and I have taught 8th grade math and Math I for 10 years. I am passionate about integrating high-cognitive demanding tasks into daily lessons that require students to collaborate, investigate and discover mathematics together! Students are naturally curious about mathematics but my role is to provide students the opportunity and classroom environment that is conducive to such enriching lessons! I consider it an honor and a privilege to be part of an amazing staff and to teach your child at Cleveland High School. I am driven for success, passionate about teaching and expect nothing but excellence within myself and my students!
In 2006, I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mathematics and a minor in Biology through Michigan State University, and received my teaching certification one year later. I am certified in Mathematics (6-12), Science (6-8) and Biology (9-12). I aspire to grow continuously within my teaching profession and constantly seek out ways to improve myself to better meet the needs of my students. A thirst for knowledge is contagious among students, and professionals alike and I lead by example! In the 2010-2011 and 2014-2015 school years, I was selected as Coats-Erwin Middle School’s Teacher of the Year. Receiving a Masters of Arts in Education (2011) and a National Board Certification (2014) were pivotal experiences in my professional growth, however, I appreciate that these are simply stepping stones for further development. In 2016, I obtained my Academically and Intellectually Gifted Add-on Licensure through Wingate University. Continuous growth is necessary at every level, so my current goal is to gain a greater respect for the connection and progression of concepts among math courses from the middle school and high school levels, which is a key factor in moving to high school this year. If at any time you have a question/concern for me, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at email@example.com or you can call me at 919-934-2455 ext. 1918. I look forward to working with you this year!
Mrs. VanNewkirk's 2018-2019 Schedule (To Be Determined)
7:10 – 8:36
8:41 – 10:09
10:09-11:15 POWER Lunch
10:09-10:42 Lunch A (Tutorials every Monday)
10:42-11:15 Lunch B (Tutorials every Thursday)
11:20 – 12:46
12:51 – 2:20
Google Classroom will be used to post announcements for assessments and homework. It is a great way for you to ask questions while at home so that other students or I can respond to help you! Google Classroom should be treated as an extension to our classroom. The Google Classroom app can be downloaded to your smartphone.
- Go to Google Classroom
- Click “+” on the toolbar at the top of the screen
- Click “Join Class”
- The code for Math IA is: b5weha. The code for Honors Math II is: e8vdkt. The code for Math I Semester long is: xaqwc2
- Parents will have the opportunity, and strongly encouraged, to join this Google Classroom as well. Just send me an e-mail and I will invite you to join the class as a parent.