exists to instill a passion, as exemplified by Christ, for faith, knowledge and service

Mathematics

Grade(s) and/or Subject(s)/ Classes you teach? Math 7, Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Physics, Chemistry

High School attended? Scribner-Snyder

University Attended? Nebraska Wesleyan University

Degree Received? Bachelor's Degree – Mathematics 7-12 Mathematics Education

Extra-Curricular Duties? Head Girls’ Basketball, Assistant Jr. High Football, Assistant High School Track

In your opinion, what is the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School? In my opinion, the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School is the family atmosphere. Upon my arrival in 2010, the administration, faculty, parents, and students immediately made me feel at home. In addition, I feel that our identity as a Catholic institution allows us to teach to the whole student. By praying in class, talking about God, and attending mass with the students, I feel that I have been able to learn more about them as individuals which aids in my ability to assist them in the classroom.


Grade(s) and/or Subject(s)/ Classes you teach? Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Pre Calculus, Calculus

High School attended? Archbishop Bergan Catholic School

University Attended? Midland College

Degree Received? Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (Mathematics)

Master's degree program or school attended? Educational Leadership (Administration), Doane College

Extra-Curricular Duties? Assistant Football and Head Varsity Basketball

In your opinion, what is the absolute best thing about Archbishop Bergan Catholic School?  As an alumnus, I can say that Archbishop Bergan is a very special place and has had a profound impact on my life.  The coaches and teachers at Bergan left a lasting impression on me as a young adolescent twenty-five years ago.  Their influence and positive impact inspired me to pursue a career in education and coaching.  The faith-based education I received at Bergan has positively shaped me as an adult and continues to shape me in my life today.  I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity for myself and my family to become part of a school and community where knowledge, faith and service are a priority and way of life.


Algebra I
Grades 9-12
two semesters
Prerequisite: Open to eighth graders with department approval. Eighth graders taking this course must maintain a B average for both semesters. If not then repeating this course in ninth grade is recommended/required.
10 credits

This course introduces the student to basic algebra. Among the topics included are a study of the real numbers, solving equations and inequalities, graphing, solving systems of equations in two variables, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and factoring polynomials, and solving quadratic equations.

Geometry
Elective
Grades 9-12
two semesters
Prerequisite: Algebra I
10 credits

This course is a basic study of the principles of plane geometry which includes proving a number of geometric properties. Students learn to organize ideas and gradually are led to the concept of a geometric proof. Some topics included are: congruent triangles, Pythagorean Theorem, constructions, regular polygons, and circles. Students develop proficiency with geometric skills while improving their logical reasoning.

Algebra II
Elective
Grades 10-12
two semesters
Prerequisite: Algebra I
10 credits

This course includes a study of such topics as: solving equations and systems of equations, simplifying polynomials, rational and radical expressions, and an introduction to complex numbers, imaginary numbers, an introduction to parabolas, forms of variation, logarithms and series and sequence.

Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry
Elective
Grades 11, 12
two semesters
Prerequisite: Geometry, Algebra II with "B" average and teacher permission
l0 credits

This course contains topics that fill the gap between Algebra II and Calculus. In particular, it contains an extensive treatment of the circular functions, analytic trigonometry, an introduction to limits, continuity, a review of advanced algebra with functions as the unifying concept, a study of complex numbers and vectors, a treatment of proof by math induction, and a basic introduction to calculus.

Calculus
Elective
Grade 12
two semesters
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus
10 credits

This is a typical college first semester Calculus course. It is designed to introduce the mathematical concepts of derivatives, integrals, number theory and advanced trigonometry. The students will also learn more advanced functions and their uses.

Statistics
Elective
Grades 11, 12
one semester
Prerequisite: Geometry, Algebra II and teacher permission. Some students may be permitted to take this new course while taking Algebra II.
5 credits

This course provides an opportunity for students to develop a critical and functional understanding of mathematical data and its measurement. Topics will include frequency distributions, probability, sampling concepts, estimating percentages, hypothesis testing and tendencies of control measurement.

Math through Metro Communitv College and Midland University

Calculus I, II
Elective
Grade 12
semester/year
Prerequisite
5 credits & college hrs./sem.

College Algebra
Elective
Grade 11, 12
semester
Prerequisite
3 credits & college hrs./sem.

Elementary Statistics
Elective
Grade 11, 12
semester
Prerequisite
3 credits & college hrs./sem.