Meet Our Tutors: Ms Janelle

Teaching is Janelle's dream job. She especially loves middle school because “the students are growing and changing in every way, and trying to figure out how to be their best selves.”
Janelle believes that middle school mathematics provides the foundation for many necessary real world skills. She loves to learn new things and considers herself a lifelong learner.She is also the parent of two middle schoolers. We asked Janelle to answer a few questions, so that you can get to know her a little bit.

When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I remember playing school with my cousins when we were little, and I always wanted to be the teacher. I pursued a business degree right after high school, and am grateful that corporate finance gave me practical experience to apply in the classroom, but having children reminded me how much I wanted to teach and work in education, and I officially made the switch fifteen years ago.
Janelle and family

Tell us about a teacher that believed in you and made a difference in your life?

My 5th grade teacher was truly inspirational. He went above and beyond in every single way. I remember how he wrote meaningful feedback on my creative writing assignments, and offered one on one support when I struggled on a math problem. He made me sit next to another student that was very intimidating to me, and we ended up best friends. He had a sense of humor, but he also didn’t let anyone get away with too much silliness. He was also there for us outside of class. For example, he walked by my grandparent’s house the day of the spring equinox and came inside to help us experiment with standing an egg on its end. He made a huge impression on me because he was consistent, compassionate, and equitable at all times.

My 5th grade teacher…made a huge impression on me because he was consistent, compassionate, and equitable at all times.


What’s your favourite thing about online tutoring?

Online tutoring provides a one-on-one experience, but at your convenience. We are able to cater to a student’s individual needs at a time and location that works best for them and their family. Woot Tutor integrates an easy to use platform with a variety of technological tools, combined with the online chat experience, and access to their already proven adaptive learning tools making it an incomparable opportunity.


Why did you become a Woot Tutor?

I have worked with Woot Math for several years. In my experience, there is not a better tool for building rational number sense. I have used Woot polls regularly for formative assessment and the adaptive learning to help students conceptualize their understanding of fractions. I love working with a company that is constantly striving to create a tool that meets the needs of students and teachers.


What do you love doing in your spare time?

My number one favorite thing to do is spend time with my family when I can. I am very fortunate to have a large family all living close by. A close second favorite activity is reading. I enjoy all genres and often have three or four books going at a time.
Janelle at the Lincoln Memorial
Janelle Stanton is a full-time math teacher at Broomfield Heights Middle School. She has been a middle school math teacher for ten years. Before becoming a math teacher, she worked in corporate finance. She says that the experience she has had outside of education has supported learning in her classrooms because she can often answer the question, “When will we ever need to know this?” She has presented at local and national math education conferences, e.g., the MidSchool Math National Conference. Janelle has a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting and Finance, an MBA, and a Masters in Secondary Education with emphasis on Mathematics.

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