Featured teachers of the month:
Ms. V. S. is a very popular teacher with our students. She
consistently shares her passion and understanding of
students as well as her great competence as a catalyst
of learning excitement in mathematics. She brings 45
years of teaching experience and was given the honor of
Best Mathematics Teacher by HISD twice. She specializes
in grades four, five, and six.
teach: 4th, 5th and 6th grade Challenge Math, and
Buzzing Brain Busters Strategies for Competitions.
S. has received a bachelor's degree and Master’s degree in
English from Rice University. Since 1998 he has worked
at one of Houston's most prestigious private schools
John’s School, teaching
various levels of high-school English, serving as an
Admissions Committee member.
Creative Writing for Scholarship and Competitions;
Analysis and Advanced Vocabulary;
9-11th grade Success In Writing and Grammar.
He will also teach: 9-12th grade grade SAT/ACT/PSAT Verbal.
Mr. J. L.
is an experienced and very popular teacher with more
than 16 years’ experience at a private school as the
math department chair. Prior to teaching, he worked as
a math specialist in the software industry for more than
8 years. Mr. L. has taught, with
enthusiastic teaching style, all levels of
high school math at some of the finest schools in
Houston. He is a returning instructor from last summer
and fall where he taught all levels of high school math.
He will teach: 8-9th grade Algebra I,
grade Geometry, Duke TIP Math, SAT/ACT Math and 7-8th
Contest Math and AMC 8.
Mr. J. B. is
a veteran teacher who has loved math since middle school
and developed a passion for teaching as he tutored math
throughout college. Mr. B. completed a double major at
Penn State University, earning a B.S. in Mathematics and
a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He joined Teach For
America, who sent him to Houston where he taught 6th,
7th, and 8th grade
math (including Algebra I) for 3 years. Mr. B. then
moved to a prestigious high school where he has taught
since 2005. He has taught each of the different high
school math classes at some point in his teaching
career. Mr. B. values visualizing the big picture and
applying concepts in multiple situations. He wants his
students to see how they can apply what they have
learned in multiple settings rather than trying to
memorize a new formula for every problem.
He will teach 10th grade Algebra II, 11-12th
grade Pre-Calculus, Calculus AB&BC and AP Statistics.
This summer Mr. J.
S. begins his thirty-six year as an English teacher.
After tenure as English Teacher and Department Chair at
the Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut, in 1990 he
moved with his wife, Nina, to Houston, where J worked
for seventeen years as an English teacher and college
counselor at St. John’s School. He has been teaching at
Advance Academy since its inception in 2005, leading
language arts classes for middle and high school
students and SAT review courses.
He will teach: 7-9th
grade Reading & Vocabulary Navigator; 7-9th grade
Sharpening Writing & Grammar Skills; 7-9th grade Words,
Phrases and Clauses; Grammar Exercise; 9-11th grade
Advanced Critical Reading & Analytical Writing; 10-12th
grade College Applications Process and Personal
Mrs. S. J.
holds a Ph.D., member of the upper school faculty at St.
John’s School since 2003, has taught chemistry for
seventeen years. Prior to St. John’s School, she taught
Chemistry I Honors and Chemistry II AP at Austin High
School in Fort Bend ISD. She graduated from the
University of Texas at Austin in 1992 with a Bachelor’s
of Arts in Biochemistry, Master’s in Education
Administration in 1995 from Southwest Texas State
University and a Doctorate in Professional Leadership in
2011 from the University of Houston. During her tenure
at St. John’s School she has been the recipient of M. D.
Anderson Chair in Science and has taught Regular
Chemistry and Honor’s Chemistry at Rice Summer Camp for
She will teach: 10th grade Pre-AP Chemistry and 11-12th grade
Mr. R. D. has more than twenty-five years of science teaching
experience from sixth through twelfth grade. He has a
master’s degree in Science from Rice University. He
currently works for a prestigious college prep high
school as a Physics, Chemistry and Math teacher. He has
taught Pre-AP Physics, AP Physics and Chemistry.
He will teach: 8-10th grade Pre AP Physics and 10-12th grade
AP Physics (I, II).