Student in classroom - Resurrection School - Sunnyvale

Mrs. Janet Marsh

Math Teacher (6th - 8th Grade)
Has been teaching at Resurrection since: 2003
Education: MA

Why did you choose to teach at Resurrection?

My children graduated from Res (the youngest in 2004) and we felt like Res was our extended family. It seemed like a natural progression for me to continue at Res after my children moved on to high school.

How do you inspire students to enjoy learning?

I think self-confidence is probably the biggest factor for opening students’ minds to learning, especially for the Jr High  age students. This is particularly true in Math. So, I focus on building self-confidence by making sure each child is challenged, but not overwhelmed by assignments and their achievements and progress are celebrated. Combine this with some humor and the students will be engaged.

How do you inspire students who enjoy learning math?

There are two messages I try to give students - 1. everyone has some inner nerd, and some of us have more than others. We should be proud of it and let it fly.   2. You should follow your passion..

What are your favorite moments with a student?

I love when the light bulb goes off. I love the look on the child’s face full of pride, knowledge, and accomplishment.

What do you want your students to learn from you?

I love when former students return and tell me how much they learned, how prepared they were as they progressed in math, and they wouldn’t have even tried or thought they could succeed if I hadn’t encouraged them and convinced them that they could.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Math and entered in a career in software development/management. I started helping my kids and their friends with math tutoring and realized I really enjoyed figuring out a way to explain math concepts in ways they could understand. This is not a common trait for math-talented people. When asked to help with my children’s  classes, I decided to use my talents in the classroom and it went on from there.

Catherine Hicks - Resurrection School - Sunnyvale