Hi there! My name is Shana and I've been a public high school math and science teacher in Massachusetts since 2004. My husband teaches English and together we have a little girl who is the center of our lives. I'm certified to teach math grades 1-12, biology grades 8-12 and students with moderate disabilities.

What I teach
After teaching mainstream math and biology for 8 years, I got a job teaching special education algebra 2 in a high school outside of Boston. Soon after came a certification to teach students with moderate disabilities and a realization that teaching math to kids who are afraid of it is what I live for and what I love to do. Every one of my lessons starts with the question, "Will this work for tough kids?" My favorite principal once said to me, "A good curriculum is the best classroom management," and I have taken his words to heart with what I do.

Education and Brief Work History
My undergraduate degree is in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After 4 years using my degree in the environmental consulting field helping to remediate leaky gas stations, I had enough and became a substitute teacher in Boston. By the next year I was certified to teach math and biology and teaching both subjects full-time at South Boston High School. 

Five long years later and after many, many late night T rides from Cambridge back to Southie, I had my graduate degree in Mathematics for Teaching from Harvard Extension School. My thesis centered around a manipulative I invented to help kids add and subtract integers, especially those tricky negative ones. A couple years later in 2013, right before my daughter was born, my certification was finalized to teach students with moderate disabilities. 

Scaffolded Math and Science

My Teachers pay Teachers Store
On my birthday in 2012, I posted an integer operations manipulative in my Teachers pay Teachers store. Every once in a while one would sell, and then things would go quiet again. In October 2013, a few months before my daughter was born, I made the decision to begin adding resources to my store in the hopes of offsetting an unpaid maternity leave. Over the years, it's become so much more to me than just a store. I've made real friends through my work with Teachers pay Teachers and having this creative outlet has opened up my life. I love hearing from teachers that my materials work with their tough students. This makes me feel that the long nights are worth it. 

Featured Blog Posts
I have had the honor to write blog posts for some pretty cool people.

Math Anxiety and Success on Math=Love
Fraction Pennants for Math on kidCourses
7 Reasons Why Being a High School Teacher is the Best on Bored Teachers
6 High School Teacher Must Haves on Mrs. E Teaches Math

Random stuff
One of the stories that I wrote in graduate school was included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School. This was a proud moment for me.

I also love taking photos and growing things from seeds. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my avocado tree. I also have a couple citrus trees that I've grown from seeds.  Basically, anytime I see a seed I am compelled to stick it in soil! My mom is an artist and my dad is an engineer. I like to think that the two combined to allow me to make the math resources you will find here. 

Ways to Connect
I post fairly regularly on Facebook and Instagram and would love to connect.

You can also always reach me at

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