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Christie Atkins

Math Teacher

Christie Atkins, a math teacher at the Upper School, is a veteran educator with more than 30 years of experience teaching and tutoring. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Lipscomb University and an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University. For her work at Darlington, Christie has been honored to receive the 2013 Beachum Master Teaching Award and the 2014 R.M. Yankee Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. She and her husband, Jonathan, are the parents of Leslie ('13) and Douglas.

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Courses
Algebra 1
Geometry
Geometry Honors
College Education
M.Ed. Trevecca Nazarene University
B.A. Lipscomb University

8 Times a Darlington Teacher Made Learning Matter

Academic Administration | Julie Lucas '97, February 7, 2017
When we talk with our students (and alumni!) about what makes Darlington such a special place, the answer is always the same: it’s the teachers. And more than that, it’s our exceptionally accessible and encouraging teachers (and coaches, duty staff and more).

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Professional Development Spotlight: Apple Vanguard Training

Information Technology | Rebekah Kinney, September 28, 2016
Ten faculty members will earn their Apple Vanguard Certifications during the 2016-17 school year.

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Outstanding students, faculty recognized at Honors Day, Commencement

May 14, 2016
Upper School students and faculty were recognized at Honors Day on May 13, in Morris Chapel, and at Commencement on May 14.

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Let's Go Fly a Kite: Lessons in Honors Geometry

Academic Administration | Christie Atkins, April 25, 2016
Most of my Geometry students are surprised to learn that a kite is actually a type of quadrilateral, a four-sided figure such as a rectangle, rhombus or trapezoid. This year, we shaped an interdisciplinary project around kite construction and ideas of the aerodynamics of flight.

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Teaching Persistence

Academic Administration | Christie Atkins, December 15, 2015
In a world where individuals seek instant gratification, parents and teachers must partner together to teach our students that accepting an academic challenge and seeing it through to a successful conclusion has great merit.

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Admission: Why Teachers are Critical to the Success of a Campus Visit

Admission | DeLean Brandon, October 21, 2015
Our teachers gave today's visiting family a truly memorable experience, and that's exactly what we hope to provide on each and every campus visit. While a prospect may come in asking, "Why Darlington?" we hope that all prospective families leave the tour thinking, "How could I not choose Darlington?!"

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Book Review: "A Mind for Numbers"

Academic Administration | Christie Atkins, August 11, 2015
This blog gives a brief overview of "A Mind for Numbers," an excellent book offering brain-based advice for learning mathematics by Barbara Oakley, Ph.D. As an educator in mathematics, I highly recommend this book to parents and to any student planning to take a college math course.

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The Impact My Colleagues Have Had on My Experience as Department Chair

Academic Administration | Chad Woods , March 16, 2015
Over the spring break, I reflected back on my five years as department chair. The teachers I have worked with have made it the best five years of my professional career.

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Geometry Video Dictionaries

March 3, 2014
Geometry students explored the Darlington campus to find examples of geometry in familiar places.

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Geometry Proportional Drawing Projects

February 24, 2014
Students select a favorite cartoon and then transfer their cartoon square by square to a poster board half.

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