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Susan YdstieABOUT ME
I grew up in small town Zumbrota, MN and later attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, graduating with bachelor’s degrees in both Math Education and German. After receiving VDAC and Fulbright scholarships, I spent two years living in Kassel, Germany. While there, I took math education courses and worked in a German high school as an English teaching assistant. I incorporate best-practice teaching methods learned both in the US and Germany to fit the needs of all my students.

 

This is my 7th year teaching math at Southland. New this year, I am excited to offer Pre-Calculus content for college credit (College Algebra and Trigonometry Concurrent Enrollment courses through Riverland). I will also continue to be the advisor for the Southland chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national math honor society, in which students act as peer tutors during homeroom throughout the year.

 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Isaac, our daughter Maria and dog Lucy. 



TEACHING SCHEDULE

8:15-9:02 Intermediate Algebra 9
9:05-9:52 Intermediate Algebra 10
9:55-10:42 Geometry
10:45-11:10 REBELS
11:13-12:05 Study Hall
12:33-1:20 Pre-Calculus (College Algebra/Trigonometry)
1:23-2:10 Prep
2:13-3:00 AP Calculus


TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
I am a firm believer that all students can do math! Research has shown that students who believe that one’s ability to learn mathematics is the result of their genes (fixed mindset) display less persistence on complicated tasks compared with other students who understand effort to be more important (growth mindset). Simply believing that you can improve your intelligence through effort and hard work is the key to your success! I am more than willing to assist any student seeking extra practice. I am usually at school from 7:30-3:30. Sometimes just 5 minutes of one-on-one help can make all the difference!

CONTACT INFORMATION

507-582-3568, ext 4386
sydstie@isd500.k12.mn.us