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Beth Negronida

Biography

I was born and raised in Evanston. I went to Dartmouth College and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology before earning a Masters in Teaching from National Louis University in 1990.

I taught in Roycemore’s Middle School from 1990 thru 2004 before taking off a few years to stay at home with my kids. I returned to Roycemore in 2012 as an Upper School math teacher. It may make me a geek, but I think that math is fun. I love the linear step-by-step process of algebra AND the out-of-the-box thinking that is sometimes necessary to solve less traditional problems. I also think that the practical applications of math are just as important as the traditional high school curriculum, which is why I do group projects on buying a car and buying a house in my Algebra II classes.

When I’m not teaching, I love to read, hike, and hang out with the animals at the Evanston Animal Shelter.

Education

  • Dartmouth College (B.A., 1985); National Louis University (M.A.T., 1990)

Favorite Quote/Fun Fact

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. — Maya Angelou

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I teach because I really like high school kids, and I want to help give them the tools they need to succeed in higher level math classes and in life.

Why Roycemore?

Roycemore is a safe place to learn and to be yourself. There is no cookie cutter philosophy — every student is an individual and is treated that way. And with an average of 8-10 kids in my classes, I can really get to know and support all of my students.