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    April Spiller  

    Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR)

     
    New backpacks, new school supplies, new year!! At Summer Creek High School, we are super excited to start the year, even though how that happens looks different for everyone this year. The pandemic has been presenting challenges since we left last year for Spring Break, but in usual Bulldog fashion, we've taken it in stride and gone about our business. Most of my AQR students are seniors, and I have to say that your high school experience has been like no other. You started freshman year with a hurricane that delayed the start of school by three weeks. Then we went to half-days so that we could share our school with Kingwood. We had winter storm days, Tropical Storm Imelda last year, a day off because of a broken water main, and then 5 months of Spring Break only to start school online the next year for two weeks (or more if you chose virtual learning). If you can get through all of that, you can get through anything! College should be a breeze!
    However our school year pans out, I look forward to having you in my AQR class. We are going to have a great year. I am going to work my hardest to keep all of our work streamlined and easy to follow so that whether you are learning at home, or in school, or back home again, our class will stay consistent and provide something dependable in a time when so much else seems to be up in the air. 
    One of my favorite things about Math is that it is predictable. There is always an answer that doesn't depend on whether or not the instructor likes you. Sometimes, there is quite a bit of comfort in predictable and dependable. Hopefully, even if you don't think you like Math, this class will give you a little bit of stability and will show you that Math isn't all that bad, and can even be fun sometimes.
     
     
     
    Playoffs at Rice University
     
    If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me. As of right now, I am planning on having tutorials Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school. Please let me know if you plan on attending, and if you need to attend in person or via Zoom.
     
    Schoology:
    We will be operating on the Schoology platform this year. All of the class materials will be posted there, along with the Week at a Glance and the week's work. When in doubt, check Schoology.
     
     
    Check out my welcome video:
     
     
     
     
    My Tutoring:
     

    I have tutorials on Tuesday, Wednesday.

      
     
    My contact Information:
    Email: april.spiller@humbleisd.net
    Phone: 281-641-5610
     
     
     
    CLASS SYLLABUS 
     
     
     
    About Me
     
    My background is engineering. I have a B.S. in Maritime Systems Engineering from Texas A&M and a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rice University. Before becoming a teacher I worked as an offshore structural engineer designing oil platforms. I grew up in Texas. I went to school in Germany for a while and have my Deutsches Abitur- a German high school diploma, which I earned at the Unversity of Cologne. 
    I joined the Summer Creek family in 2015, and I am continuously impressed by the amount of talent our kids have. Although my academic focus is math, I understand that it is often the extracurricular activities that keep our kids motivated to do well throughout high school. I believe that education isn't just separate subjects that you learn because the state says you have to. True education is knowledge that you can apply to your life long after you have left school. Math is a part of this, but math is also connected to everything else we do. I hope to be able to guide my students in finding the connection between their academic subjects and their other activities. I encourage all of my students to get involved in and around the school. We have a wide range of activities to choose from that don't just include the usuals. We even have an outdoor adventure club this year offering activities like hiking and sailing. My philosophy is that students who are invested in the school beyond the classroom do better in their classes.