Position:

Mathematics Teacher

Grades:

Eleventh and Twelfth

Subjects:

Mathematics

Other Roles/Responsibilities:

Student Life Coordinator, Testing Coordinator

About Claudia Moreira

I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1987 I earned a BA in Architecture and started a career as an architect. In 1991, I moved to the United States, shortly after our arrival, I started volunteering at my sons’ school. That is when I fell in love with teaching. I obtained a post-baccalaureate degree in teaching mathematics at Kennesaw State College in Atlanta, GA. In 2013 I earned a Mater of Arts in Mathematics Education degree from Western Governors University.

I started working at Foothills Academy in 2000. I love being at Foothills! During time off I enjoy time with my family, reading, hiking, and traveling.

Education
M.A. Mathematics Education (5-12), Western Governors University
B.A. Architecture-Silva Sousa School of Architecture and Planning
Brazil Post-Bachalaureate Teacher Preparation Program
Kennesaw State College, Georgia

Work Experience
2008- Present: Foothills Academy Teacher High School Algebra II and Precalculus; H.S. Student Council Advisor
2003-2007: Foothills Academy, Science & Mathematics
2000-2001: Foothills Academy, Mathematics
1995-1996: St. Mary Bauha Catholic School- Chandler, AZ
1992-1993: IBN- International Business Network- Atlanta, GA
1989-1991: Lustman Building Co., Brazil
1987-1989: Brazilian Navy Architect, Brazil

The best thing about teaching: The constant novelty, no day is ever the same. That moment when a student finally gets it. You’d been hitting a brick wall with a concept but suddenly that look on the students’ face when they finally understand. Also, getting to see students ‘make it’ after they leave our school is a sensational feeling. Knowing that you played a small part in someone achieving or even surpassing their dreams is the ultimate in job satisfaction.

Some of my favorite things:

  • Color: Purple
  • Food: Chocolate, and yes it is food
  • Book: I cannot pick ONE book.
  • Subject: Math
  • Hobby: Traveling
  • Sports Team: Soccer/ Brazilian National Soccer Team

If I wasn’t a teacher, I would be: lost

Why did you choose to become a teacher?
Because I always liked to study, learn and share my knowledge. Also, to help girls to believe in their ability to understand science and mathematics.

Accomplishments
2013-2014 Teacher of the Year