About Me

My name is Heather Bolur and I am a 7th grade math teacher in a suburb of Chicago.  I teach grade level math, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra 1.  I am one of the math coaches at my school, and we participate in about six competitions each year.  I am also the Student Council Advisor, which is the BEST part of my day.  You will often find me cheering on my current and former students at athletic events, plays, and musicals.  I love being a teacher and I love my students!

I'm a member of the Desmos Fellowship, cohort 1.  It is the best thing to have happened to me in my professional life.  I received by B.S. in Middle Level Education from Valparaiso University, my M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from National Louis University, and my M.Ed. in Technology Education from Concordia University.  I love the Hunger Games, Finding Nemo, The Sandlot, tacos, the color pink, and of course, cupcakes! I also have the best two cats, Grant (right) and Storm Shadow (left), that I adopted in 2007!

So why is my blog called "Cupcakes and Pi"?  First off, I LOVE cupcakes.  I make it a point to get a cupcake in every city I visit.  I'm a picky eater, so the idea that I can pick out whatever flavor I want is amazing!  In addition, I am a nerd about all things pi!  I find pi absolutely fascinating!  I started school-wide Pi Day activities at my school back in March 2008, my second year teaching.  We began a pi reciting contest and a pi poster competition.  Over the course of the years, students strive to beat the school record.  The school record of 418 digits set in 2015 was shattered this year when Ryan S recited 504 digits of pi!  Check out these results!

1 comment:

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