Our Math Program.

At Exploris Middle School, our mathematics program reflects our belief that mathematics is about more than just getting the right answer. Mathematics is also about making sense of complex problem-solving situations, using varied strategies that correlate to the problem at-hand, modeling problems in various ways, and communicating about why your approaches make sense. 

Our students benefit from a differentiated, co-teaching instructional approach. Our teachers work together to frequently assess student progress and provide all students with ample and flexible opportunities for both on-grade level and off-grade level work using the North Carolina Essential Standards. These experiences may be used to reinforce, enrich, or extend learning, based on individual student needs. Students also participate in rigorous in-depth projects that apply mathematics to real-world contexts. We do not follow a single curriculum or text book. We build Mathematical learning and experiences from a variety of sources.

Kathryn O’Neal

Kathryn Taylor is a lifelong educator with a passion for academic and social/emotional growth for our students. She has an undergraduate and master’s degree in Special Education. She is currently working on an additional degree in the area of Education Specialist with a concentration in Personalized and Competency-Based Learning. Kathryn has taught many years at the middle school level and also has a wealth of experience at the high school level. Though she is versed in many of the core subjects, her greatest passion is mathematics. 

On a personal note, Kathryn has 1 daughter named Symone and a fur baby named Jewel. She enjoys spending her down time with family, being a beach bum or traveling to see new sites. She has a background in athletics, therefore, she is comfortable on a basketball court or on a track. She models her life around the poem……”Don’t Quit”, Author Unknown.

Shawna Scipione

My name is Shawna and I am thrilled to be part of your 6th grade adventure! This is will be my 18th year teaching and my fifth year at The Exploris School.  Before Exploris, I taught first and second grades in various Wake County and Arizona public schools. I love Science and Math and I’m so excited to be teaching an amazing bunch of students who actually get my humor. I love to have fun learning!

     I have two pretty awesome kids; Sammy, who is a Sophomore at Research Triangle High School this Fall and Sophia who begins 8th grade at Exploris. My husband, Mike, and I will be celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary Labor Day weekend!  We have two dogs, a boxer named Zoey and a black lab named Marley, a hedgehog named Koda and two turtles named Carlos and Pedro.

     When we’re not at school, we enjoy sporting events (Go Tarheels!), camping, movie watching, and the beach. I also split my time between being a dance mom and a baseball and basketball mom….always somewhere to be!

     I look forward to a year of learning and fun with you!!

Chris Duncan (Exceptional Children)

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