Scott Cooley has been teaching mathematics for 16 years, and has been at University High School for the last 13 years. He has taught math classes offered in two different states and currently teaches Geometry, Precalculus, and Calculus AB to 9th–12th grade students. His training includes a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Arizona.
Scott creates contextual experiences that bridge students’ prior knowledge into the formation of meaningful concepts. This desire has flourished through opportunities to work with the Riverpoint Advanced Mathematics Partnership as well as through opportunities to help write curriculum for the Central Valley School District. His greatest joy is to watch students enter into a rich problem solving situation and create mathematic structures for themselves that facilitate efficient ways to count and make meaning of input and output patterns.
There have been many opportunities for Scott to share his teaching strengths, such as facilitating professional development for different cohorts of teachers throughout Spokane, participating in many state-wide activities to improve learning and curriculum materials, and helping to direct mentor teachers with student teachers. He excels at creating a safe, collaborative environment in his classroom where students discover mathematic concepts through problem solving and conversation.