Peggy Scolan

Middle School Math

B.A., National Louis University
M.Ed., National Louis University

pscolan@morganparkacademy.org

Q&A

How do you help students learn to learn?

I encourage students to use their errors as their best, most effective teachers. Completing corrections on those tasks that are most challenging can often address the exact concept that needs attention far better than a general review of all concepts in a lesson, chapter, or unit.

How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?

I maintain my membership with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and read journals pertaining to teaching mathematics in the middle school. Recently, I attended a day of math workshops organized by the Metropolitan Mathematics Council. It was a good day of becoming a student again. I find learning from peers is often more meaningful since I know they’re in the classroom, just as I am, and their insights are taken from that experience.

Who are your mentors?

Teaching at the Academy since 1982, I’ve been mentored by many, beginning with Winnie Theodore and Tom Malcolm. Barb Tubutis was and Jennifer Schmidt and Heather Kurut continue to be mentors as well. Beyond the Academy, I’m being mentored by my spiritual director, Sister Claire, as well as my art therapy instructor from the integrative therapy program at Little Company of Mary Cancer Center, Carole Wilson.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?

I enjoy gardening, cooking and baking, reading, playing piano, and watercolor painting.