Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Battles – Pre-AP Geometry and AQR

Sarah Davis, Sports Center

Q: What subject(s) do you teach?

A:Pre-AP Geometry and AQR (advanced quantitative reasoning)


Q:What do you enjoy most about teaching that subject?

A:I have always favored geometry since I was in high school, and teaching the Pre-AP students is refreshing because they are so willing to do a good job.  AQR is a challenge to teach because it covers a wide variety of math skills and students have to apply it to real situations. Some of it is very interesting and makes you think, but it does have some uninteresting topics.


Q: What made you want to be a teacher?

A: I was in the business world and accepting applications from young people who couldn’t read or write and had to take their applications with them to have someone help fill it out.  This disturbed me because I couldn’t understand how any child brought up in a public school system could graduate from high school and not be able to fill out a job application.  I had to see what was going on with education and went back to school and received my alternative certificate for education.


Q: What us your favorite part of do you enjoy most about working with high school students?

A: High school is such a changing/growing time for students.  I want to do whatever I can to help them get a good education and leave high school prepared for college or the work force understanding that they are in charge of their own destiny.  Every choice they make sets their future up for failure or success.


Q: What is something that your students might not know about you?

A:  I was very shy and quiet in school.  I couldn’t accept myself being anything less than as close to perfect as I could get (quite the COD).  I received a C for Algebra I the second semester of my freshman year and I didn’t know until I was 40 years old and I saw my high school transcript.  I would have thought it was the end of the world back then, but now, it’s nothing but a thing.