Who is Mrs. Guinan?

Welcome to my page! Just a little about me: I am in my 20th year of teaching, all of which have been at Missouri Valley. Although I have been a teacher here for 20 years, I have been a part of this district much longer. I attended elementary, middle and high school here. After graduation, I attended University of Iowa for a year and a half, and then came home to finish at Buena Vista University on the Council Bluffs campus. I graduated with my degree in Elementary Education with a k-8 reading endorsement and later, I earned my Master's Degree in 2007. I was hired to teach reading at the elementary. I taught Title I reading for two years, and then was chosen to teach 4th grade. I loved my 4th graders, but after several years, a math and reading position opened up in the middle school, so I made the change! I have been in 6th grade ever since. 
 
My husband Mark and I have lived in Missouri Valley our whole lives. We own a small heating and cooling business. Mark will be celebrating his 30th year in business next year. We have 2 children. Liam is 22 and lives and works in Colorado. Olivia is 17 and a senior. We also have 2 dogs, who are like our kids! Maggie is our old girl and Penny is our 1 year old.
 
Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations or algorithms. It is about understanding.