About Me

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Welcome to my ePortfolio! My name is Nicholle Vavra and I am a graduate student in the Education Technology Leadership Program at Lamar University. Originally from Michigan, I have come to love the great state of Texas! My hobbies include running, reading, playing music, and spending time with my family. I attended Michigan Technological University on a track scholarship for the 400 m dash and high jump, but now I run 5k’s to stay in shape.

After earning my degree in Chemistry, I have taught in Michigan, on a Navajo reservation in Utah, and previously in Dallas. I currently teach Algebra 1, Precalculus, and Financial Math in Texas, but I have also taught 7th and 8th grade Math, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Biology, Algebra 2, Geometry, and 9th grade English. While in Utah, I helped to edit and pilot the textbooks for 7th and 8th grade math. I currently serve as a district instructional coach.

No matter what the course is, I always start the year with the belief that this will be a year of becoming problem solvers, not just another year to learn math. My mission is to help foster problem solving and critical thinking in all of my students.

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As I complete my Master’s degree, I am excited to continue learning. You will find many of the things I’ve learned in this working document I call my ePortfolio. I have always believed it is important to share what you learn. I hope the words of my husband always ring true, “I learn something new from you every day!”

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Here you will find some “Bonus Content”. Beyond my passion for teaching, math, science, and technology, there are many things that shape who I am as a professional and a human being. Simply click on or hover over each image below for a brief caption.