Dr Erica Hastert
BA, Mathematics/Probability and Statistics, University of Colorado at Denver
MS, Mathematics/Computer Science, University of Denver
PhD, Educational Psychology/Quantitative Research Methods, University of Denver
I’ve been alive for a very long time and have done many interesting and not-so-interesting things. Most of my life has been spent teaching math, but I’ve also tried a few other things, including an actuarial stint, statistical research at ACT, Inc. (yes, that ACT), ski lift operator, waitress, video store clerk, and many other jobs way too tedious to mention.
I’ve spent most of my life in school, both as a student and as a teacher. There is no place I would rather be. I love teaching any kind and level of math, although I’m particularly partial to statistics and calculus II.
Outside of school, I’m a happy (young!) grandma, proud dog-owner, in possession of a husband, and spend many hours reading, hiking, skiing, and collecting flamingos. (I love flamingos.) I love to travel anywhere. I’m like a dog: if someone opens up the door of a truck, I jump right in. I split my time between Georgetown and Grand Lake and am continually plotting the shortest and most efficient route down the hill.
Why I Teach
I love school. I love math. I love students. There is no better way to spend a day than sharing my love of mathematics with students, knowing that I have the chance to help them love the subject as much as I do. Often, as I gleefully work problems on the whiteboard or watch the student light bulbs suddenly illuminate, I find myself in disbelief that someone actually pays me to do this. I love to learn, and there is never a day that I don’t learn something new from my students. Simply (and selfishly) put, I am the luckiest person in the world to be given the opportunity to share the joy of math with my students.