Since 2005, Sarah Leone has served as a math instructor at Middlesex Community College. Her lesson plans and objectives for algebra and pre-algebra courses include an emphasis on making math relevant and useful for her students. She strives to have her students see how mathematical thinking is so important, and to see the connections between so many concepts we teach in math. It is also so important to her for her students to see the joy in math and to ease their anxiety about the subject.
In the classroom, Sarah’s goal is to create a comfortable, positive environment conducive to learning. She constantly provides remedial support to students having difficulty with subject matter – meeting with them in small groups or in one-on-one settings to review and master material taught in class. She works to establish a strong rapport with her students so she can better understand their learning styles. She then is able to differentiate her instructional approach to meet the varying needs of each learner in her classroom. For these efforts, she consistently receives positive feedback and evaluations from students and peers.
Before joining MxCC, Sarah taught at Nathan Hale Ray High School in Moodus, Conn., with an emphasis on Algebra I, Algebra II, Accelerated Algebra II, and Geometry. She also was a mathematics teacher at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., where she designed and implemented lesson plans that included hands-on skill building techniques to supplement curriculum. Among her favorite lesson activities were a stock market game that helped students understand what stocks are, buying and selling stocks, and appreciate the math behind the stock market value. Another favorite learning game was one that energetically explained the crucial, every-day life task of maintaining, balancing and reconciling a checkbook.
Sarah earned a master’s degree in mathematics and secondary education from Central Connecticut State University, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education from State University at Albany (New York). At Albany, she was one the Dean’s List of Distinguished Students and received the Excellence in Mathematics Award. She also was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Since math truly is a part of everyday life, it makes sense that Sarah incorporates linear thinking into her hobbies – primarily baking and cake decorating for her family of three boys, ages 7, 5 and 3. In addition to decorating cakes and spending time with her family, Sarah enjoys practicing bikram yoga, running, and reading.