My name is Danielle Hir and I am currently teaching Algebra I, Geometry and Personal Financial Literacy at PCA.
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended the University of Iowa. At Iowa, I completed a degree in Mathematics and a certificate in Secondary Education. I have been teaching since 2012.
I enjoy being a teacher because I love helping people achieve their goals. Math can be a road block for a lot of people and I like trying to help people get around that. Math is everywhere and I hope to instill confidence in my students by teaching them problem solving skills, critical thinking and what it means to be an informed consumer.
Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, reading, listening to Podcasts, foraging, taking care of our dog and working on our home. I try to spend as much time as I can outside!
My first job was working at an assisted living home. It taught me patience, kindness, respect, responsibility and food service skills. I worked with a lot of great elderly people and I really enjoyed getting to know each of them.
Currently, I teach Algebra I, Geometry and Personal Financial Literacy. I have previously taught Algebra II, Discrete Mathematics and College Algebra/Pre-Calculus Courses.
My classroom is a safe place to take risks and learn about the world around us. I try to make my lessons about more than just Algebra or Geometry and I think mutual respect is the most important thing I can teach.