My name is Kelly Huenerberg. I love logic, order, and "the hunt" for the right answer, so I've enjoyed math my whole life. But the thought of being one of those mathematicians who locks themselves in their attic, ignores their family for years, and works on proving unproved theorems for some reason just doesn't appeal to me. Kiddos make me smile. So I've known for awhile now that I want to teach math. My placement is at Grafton High with an Algebra 2 and Geometry teacher.

Especially at the secondary level, I think that a lot of students are intimidated by math and might come in with a defeatist attitude. Or maybe they simply just hate it. I want to make math approachable for them. I want them to learn to enjoy "the hunt" and begin to see ways in which math is relevant to them as teens. I want the classroom atmosphere to reflect the excitement of a new discovery.

I am planning on teaching in a lower-income school because it makes me angry that kids coming out of certain neighborhoods have so fewer opportunities and lower expectations for their lives than kids coming out of others. So my biggest hope is to inspire some of my students to look beyond what is expected of them. I want to encourage them to be ambitious and overcome some major obstacles in their lives. My fears are wrapped up in this hope. What if I am not capable of doing that? What if I get so overwhelmed by their situations that I can't offer hope to my students? What if I am too idealistic? I've been wrestling with these thoughts for awhile now, but I know that I have no option but to try.