Mrs. Raines will be teaching mathematics on the Warrenton Campus.
I am excited to be a part of the faculty of Mountain Vista Governor’s School. My desire to teach goes back to when I was about 9 years old. I distinctly remember setting up lessons for my younger sister. At that time, I thought teaching was just finding some problems in a textbook, assigning them to a willing participant, grading them, and then giving them another set of problems (or readings or writings).
Luckily, I have had many teachers and mentors who have moved me forward from that limited view of teaching and learning.
My background was originally based on an undergraduate degree in engineering science and mechanics from Virginia Tech. Because I always wanted to teach high school mathematics, I left a master’s degree program in engineering at Va. Tech to teach at Fauquier High School in 1983. I have never regretted that decision.
I taught at Fauquier High School for 11 years, Liberty High School for 7 years, and Warrenton Middle School for 5 years. For the last six years, I have served as mathematics supervisor for about 350 math teachers in Fauquier County. I certainly learned a lot in that position, but I have always wanted to return to high school.
I look forward to challenging myself with the rigors of Mountain Vista Governor’s School and hope my brain can still wrap itself around lofty mathematical thinking; it will be good for me!