Tammy Kuipers Case Study

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Going from a rocket scientist to a high school math and engineering teacher might seem like a downgrade for most, but for Tammy Kuipers, it was one of the most fulfilling choices she has ever made. Sure the pay isn’t great and you inevitably run into a few problematic kids, but like most teachers, she gets a sort of supernatural satisfaction from helping awkward children along in their development. I had the pleasure of taking calculus and statistics from her during my high school career, and her bubbly personality and dedication to her work left a great impression on me. At 5’5” Mrs. Kuipers may not look like much of a threat. And with her bouncy bleach blond hair, slightly over-tanned skin, Hollister clothing, and permeant Starbucks cup …show more content…
Kuipers may be a little over qualified for her current position. She holds two B.S degrees from Cal Poly Pomona , one in aerospace engineering and one in math, along with a master’s degree from Wichita State. And she didn’t just squeak by to get these degrees; Kuipers has always been “quite a nerd”. In both high school and college she “wanted to get an A and always wanted the highest grade in the class”. Her intelligence and determination ultimately served her well in life, as she was often sought out by employers because of her high drive for success. One of her claims to fame is that she has not once in her life applied for any of her jobs, including her time at Northrop electronics and General Dynamics where she helped design airplanes and missiles. Through recommendations and internships, jobs opportunities were often thrown at her. Though highly successful in the field of engineering, she finally settled on teaching upper high school math classes. Ultimately she wanted a career where she could spend time will her three children, and while trying out substitute teaching, Kuipers found that she rather enjoyed working with children as well. And because of the attractive schedule and her love for children, she ended up as full-time teacher at Derby High …show more content…
While not one to give out extra credit or take late assignments, she will help a student’s grade by combing over tests and homework carefully. In a math class, it can become all too easy to count questions wrong if the final answer is not correct, but Mrs. Kuipers cared enough to decipher each child’s hieroglyphics, always looking for partial credit. And she would do so extremely fast! If you took a test from her, you could expect it to be graded and in the gradebook by the end of the day. Part of her motivation for this was her distain for a cluttered desk, but most of it was for our sake. Kuipers often told us that she had huge test anxiety during her schooling and would get distracted and distressed until she knew her test score. Because of her own experience, she believes that her students should be able to go home without the uncertainty of their grade on their

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