After graduating from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in General Management, I worked as a carpenter for eight years. At the end of this period, I decided to go back to school to become a teacher. Subsequently, I earned a double degree in Middle School and Secondary Education. By this time I had decided to continue my education in mathematics. Two years later, I had completed a master’s degree in Mathematics. To further my education, I transferred to Montana State University where I earned my doctoral degree in Mathematics Education.
My interests are geometry, history of mathematics, world history, and Eastern religions. I teach courses ranging from Intermediate Algebra through to Algebraic Structures.
Philosophy of Teaching
The purpose of a university is to prepare students for the real world. To do so, my method of teaching is to provide guidance and gradually place the responsibility for learning on the students. Students are taught to ultimately become responsible for their own learning and reach a balance between independent study and collaboration with classmates. Specifically, I create an environment that encourages student interaction in the classroom.
Creating Mathematical Models from Numerical Series, North Dakota Teachers of Mathematics (NDTM) Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, March 20, 2015.
Creating Mathematical Models Using Real-World Data and Numerical Series, North Dakota Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference in Fargo, North Dakota, March 22, 2014.
Maya Numerals and Calendar (and a little about why the world didn’t end in 2012), North Dakota Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference in Minot, North Dakota, April 6, 2013.
Maya Numerals and Calendar (and a little bit about 2012), North Dakota Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference in Jamestown, North Dakota, March 31, 2012.
Constructing Conic Sections Using the Geometer’s Sketchpad (and a few other interesting things), North Dakota Education Association Instructional Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, October 22, 2010.
Constructing Conic Sections Using the Geometer’s Sketchpad (and a few other interesting things), North Dakota Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference in Minot, North Dakota, March 27, 2010.
Reviewed the manuscript Listening to Geometry (manuscript 08-04-130-5C) for submission to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) journal Mathematics Teacher (July, 2008).
Algebra in the Elementary Grades: Practice and Theory, 40th Green Lake Conference in Green Lake, Wisconsin, May 2, 2008.
Mathematical Modeling Using Real-World Data, 39th Annual Green Lake Conference in Green Lake, Wisconsin, May 4, 2007.
Archimedes Theorem: An Example of the Proof Process in Ancient Greece, 75th Annual Meeting of the MAA in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, April 20, 2007.
Reviewed the manuscript From “Car Talk” to “Geometry Talk (manuscript 07-03-063-3R) for submission to the NCTM journal Mathematics Teacher.
Reviewed the manuscript Top 12 Tips for Improving Student Motivation (manuscript 06-06-174-3M) for submission to the NCTM journal Mathematics Teacher.
Matching Mathematical Models to Real-World Data, North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference and Exposition, Phoenix, AZ, October 5-7, 2006.
Helping Students Transition from Arithmetic to Algebra, NCTM Western Regional Conference and Exposition, Denver, CO, November 10-12, 2005.
Co-presented at a workshop offered by Thinking Strategies for Mastering Math in Platte, SD on 2/25/05 and 2/26/05.
Developing Algebraic Thinking in the Classroom, 37th Annual Green Lake Conference, May 2005.
Experimenting with Probability, NDCTM/NDEA Fall Conference, Grand Forks, ND, October 2003.
Teaching and Assessing Higher-Order Thinking Skills, NDCTM Spring Conference, Minot, ND, March 2003.
Modeling with Real-World Data, NDCTM/NDEA Instructional Conference, Bismarck, ND, October 2002.
Developed and presented a workshop on writing questions that assess higher-order thinking skills to a group of elementary school teachers in Devils Lake, ND, August 5, 2002.
Developed and presented a workshop on problem solving to a group of elementary school teachers in Dickinson, ND, June 3, 2002.
What Your Students Should Know About Area, NDCTM Spring Conference, Fargo, ND, 2002.
Forum on Core Curriculum and Monty Python and Logical Deductive Reasoning, NDCTM Spring Conference, Jamestown, ND, 2001.
Assessment of Higher-Order Thinking Skills, NCTM Regional Conference, Omaha, NE, October 2000.
Transition from Arithmetic to Algebra, NDCTM Spring Conference, Bismarck, ND, 2000.
Hodgson, T. and Harpster, D. Looking Back in Mathematical Modeling: Classroom Observations and Instructional Strategies, School Science and Mathematics, Vol. 97 (5), May 1997.
Utilizing the Geometer’s Sketchpad to Verify Archimedes’ Theorems, Annual Meeting of the Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Billings, MT, October 1996.
The Philosophy of Plato and Modern Mathematics, Regional Conference of the Mathematical Association of America, Grand Forks, ND, October 1993.