My name is Ashley Verbrugge and I am the Math and Science teacher for students 6th through 12th grade. I love teaching at Sierra School. I have always enjoyed teaching and cannot think of anything that is more rewarding. I grew up in San Jose and attended San Jose State University for my Bachelors in Child and Adolescence Development. After completing my bachelors, I went to National University and graduated with my Teaching Credential and Masters in Education.
This year in High School, the 9th-12th graders are learning the concepts of Physics. The world around us has so much to say, we just need to learn how to listen. This year student will be exploring the world they live in as they are challenged to achieve a deeper understand of the physics around them. Students have already learned that Physics is a "basic" science and although the concepts and math related can be confusing, it can provide them with a great start to learning other fields of science. We have started learning about two types of motion, linear and projectile. Once we have a good understanding of how things move will study Newton's Laws of Motion.
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This year in Junior High, the 6th-8th graders get to learn about Earth. We have began by studying some basics concepts of Earth Science. Students have already learned about the branches of Earth Science, some land forms that cover our planet, the spheres that protect our planet and of course how to view our planet using topographic maps. As we get to know our precious planet more, we will dive deep into its core, understand structures that cause weather/weathering and look beyond our surface to outer space.
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In addition, all students 6th-12th grade are placed in an appropriate math level once they are assessed. I absolutely love math! I have always enjoyed exploring what I can do with numbers and symbols. I hope to encourage my students to develop a love for math. I enjoy teaching them how to understand concepts and develop skills to show mastery. I believe that learning math can be fun and enjoyable but for many students it can be like learning a whole new language with different rules and exceptions. Yet, the smile that comes across the students faces, once they understand, is priceless to me!
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In Junior High, we also work with the students to help develop skills for social and academic success. This year we will start with looking at "The Secret to Success" and learning about characteristics that successful people have. Through GRIT, CURIOSITY AND ZEST any student can be success and be prepared to take on challenges big and small.
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If you have any questions on homework or what is going on in the Math and Science class, I would love to hear from you. During the week you should expect to hear back from me by the next day, although many times the response will be much sooner.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also contact Sierra School at (408) 247-4740.