My name is Lynda Jane Zelesnak. I am truly honored to be your son's or daughter's math teacher for the school year 2016-2017.
At BFHS, I currently teach the following courses:
My dedication to the Big Beaver Falls Area School District began a long time ago. When I was five years old, I "helped" my father with his volunteer surveying and leveling of land that he offered to the district. His efforts were for the new basketball courts that were to be completed for the students to use at the Koppel Elementary School. I don't know how much of a help I actually was to him, but I loved it.
Eleven years later, my first teaching job came up. I was only 16 years old. I was the youngest "teacher" to be chosen for our Koppel Summer Recreation Program (sponsored by our Koppel Elementary School) which lasted six weeks of every summer. I was hired to be the dance teacher but before the first summer was through I also taught drama, arts & crafts, and games to the children in town from the ages of 4 to 12. I was also placed in charge of taking daily attendance and managing/purchasing the weekly supplies. I continued to teach there until the summer that I turned 21. I am so thankful and feel so blessed for having this first teaching opportunity handed to me at such a young age.
I loved attending Koppel Elementary School, Beaver Falls Middle School, Beaver Falls High School, and Geneva College! I am a true home-town girl! I am so proud to have been a highest honor graduate of Beaver Falls High School and a member of the Tigerette Danceline. When I was in high school, my dream was always to return to BFHS to teach both mathematics and dance to give back to my community, and my dream came true! Thank you to God, my parents, my grandparents, my sister, my teachers, my priest, and everyone else who helped me achieve my dream!
I have always LOVED mathematics; I am passionate about it and about teaching it. What made me choose math over the many subjects that I studied and loved? The answer is simple: I have always loved its objectivity. For example, assume that the solution to a particular math problem is x = 3. That means that if you are a student solving that identical problem in Australia, Germany, Italy, South Carolina, or Beaver Falls, the solution to that problem is ALWAYS x = 3 no matter what continent, country, state, or city where you are located and no matter what language you speak. Because of this objectivity, I made my decision that my major area of study in college would be mathematics.
Mathematics is a universal language of its own. It is a language that is understood anywhere in the world. I find this both amazing and beautiful. The Italian mathematician and scientist, Galileo, once stated, "Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." What a statement! I agree with him 100%. I also adore the history of mathematics including the study of all the mathematicians over time who contributed to this incredible science.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science as well as my Secondary Education Certificate from Geneva College. Five years later, I began my graduate school studies during evenings and summers to receive my Master Degree in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh.
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