Middle School Math

Mrs. Colleen Wampler
(Other Subjects: 6th Grade Homeroom and 6th Grade Religion)
Mrs. Colleen Wilkerson

Curriculum Overview:

    The mathematics curriculum follows the Standards set by the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools, and other state and national standards. In addition, we stress the importance of real world problem solving through various applications. Math involves learning new ways to solve problems, and sometimes there will be different approaches to the same question, just as there are many ways to solve a puzzle. Therefore, emphasis is placed on teaching to different learning styles.

    Holy Cross Elementary School divides math classes in the middle school. The smaller class sizes make it easier to work with individual students, address problems they encounter, and have them progress at their own speed. All of the students in Grades 5, 6, and 7 take a grade-level appropriate math readiness assessment each spring. Algebra 1 is available for qualified 8th grade students.

    Textbook series:

    • Above-Level: McDougal-Littell Course 2, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1
    • On-Level: Saxon Math Course 1, McDougal-Littell Pre-Algebra
    • The textbook used varies from year to year depending on the needs of the students.

    Lessons are taught in an organized and fun manner. For example, power point presentations, interactive white boards, and laptops are used to engage students during class. The students then practice the new material, sometimes using manipulatives (such as algebra tiles, tangrams, fraction tiles, geo-solids, etc.) to foster a better understanding of the concept. Upon practicing a new lesson in class, homework will be assigned to reinforce the lesson and review previous material. We want students to understand that the processes and procedures taught are as important as achieving the correct answer.

Teacher Bio – Mrs. Wampler

Colleen Wampler

      Mrs. Wampler graduated from The College of William and Mary with a B.S. Degree in Mathematics. Currently she is working towards her Masters Degree in Education, with a concentration in Mathematics, from Notre Dame of Maryland University.


      Mrs. Wampler worked as an actuarial assistant for ten years. After several years away from the actuarial field to be a stay-at-home mom, a long-term substitution position as a math teacher became available, which was followed in 2008 by a permanent teaching job at Holy Cross. Mrs. Wampler brings the practical aspects of having had a career in mathematics to the classroom. She is dedicated to the philosophy that no child should be afraid of mathematics, as so many of her peers were.

Teacher Bio – Mrs. Wilkerson

Colleen Wilkerson

      Graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.E., Bachelor’s of Engineering Degree, in Civil Engineering. Currently working to attain Master’s of Education.


      Colleen has been teaching math at Holy Cross since November 2005. Two of her three children began attending Holy Cross in 2007 and her youngest plans to attend school in the Fall 2012.

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