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Greetings and welcome to my "home away from home" page. Here you will find links to all my class pages that contain syllabi, goals and objectives, brief daily lesson plans and assignments. There is also a page with mathematics-related links to external sites that may help you with your studies. I hope that this site will be helpful to you.

Before you jump into the site, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a 1985 graduate of Alexander Central. I attended Appalachian State University where I received a BS in Mathematics in 1988 and an MA in Mathematics in 1990. I've been teaching at ACHS since the fall of 1989. In 1997 I married my wife, Beth, who teaches English at ACHS. My hobbies include working with computers (in particular, web design), home improvement projects and travel. I also enjoy teaching part-time at CVCC.

I've wanted to teach math since the tenth grade. I should tell you that in the ninth grade, I was too busy trying to maintain a "D" average in Algebra I to worry about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Anyway, in the tenth grade I had a remarkable instructor for Geometry. He made the course seem like a game to me. Each day we had new rules (theorems) and our job was to figure out ways to use the rules to come up with other useful results. It was like a huge, year-long logic problem! From that point on, I've enjoyed math, and have found that once I'd mastered the basic rules from algebra, everything else came pretty easily. One of the things I enjoy most about teaching is seeing the "light come on" in my students' eyes when they first understand a concept that I'm teaching. My least favorite part of my job is having to assign low grades to students that have earned them. It takes only a little effort to be successful and it is frustrating to me when I can't get the best out of my students.

Enough about me. It is now time for you to peruse the site. I hope that the information contained herein will be helpful in your studies. And don't forget- if you have questions about what we're doing in class, please email me at rob@alexanderacademics.com.