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Elena QuiƱonesHanson, Resource Teacher
My daughter and I this summer by the ocean in Lima-Peru.

My name is Elena QuiñonesHanson and this is my second year at Washburn. I am very happy to return and I am looking forward on having another wonderful year. This school year I'll be teaching 4 classes. Two of these classes would be Math Strategies and two Readiness for College classes.

A little about me: I have been teaching for the last 29 years (25 in Minneapolis) and last July I went to Lima, Peru to celebrate my 30th aniversary from graduating from college. I am originally from Lima and I am bilingual (Spanish-English). My extended family lives in Lima and I am able to enjoy my parents every time I go and visit (which I try to do at least once a year). I have two children, my son who is 20 and is in college and my daughter who is soon turning 18 and is starting college this fall. 

I am looking forward to meeting and working with all my students. If you need to contact me you may email me at


document Readiness for Career and College Syllabus   --  Syllabus for the school year 2017/2018
Math Strategies

Course Structure: The course structure is based on the needs of the students in class. This class prepares students to eventually join a general education Algebra or geometry class. It is based on materials from the Visual Fractions Program as well as by material adapted by the teacher who is teaching the class.

The students are expected to work at their own pace. There is a routine established in class where the students have three options of math related work. Before the unit students are given a pre-test. At the beginning of the unit there is a whole class lecture about the topic. Then, students have assignments in their folder, in Khan Academy and in the Visual Fractions websites. Students are encouraged to ask questions. If they are not getting the unit they are called by the teacher in a small group and the lesson is re-taught. Students can ask anytime to review the lesson (or parts of it) with the teacher.  

The teacher keeps records of the work completed every week. Students are encouraged to sign into Khan Academy from home to increase their grade. Students get a weekly grade for work completed. 

After they prove they know the concepts (by completing the work given correctly) students may take the test for the unit.

Readiness for Career and College

Course Phylosophy: Readiness for Career and College is offered as an elective course that prepares students for entrance into college or job training programs. There will be an emphasis on writing, study skills, note taking, research, as well as preparation for test taking for college entrance and placement exams.

Course Structure: The course curriculum will be based on a variety of AVID and SIMS materials along with other academic supplements. Readings will include social justice topics as well as current events. Each week will include reading, writing, collaborative discussion strategies, tutorial inquiry, study groups, college study skills, test-taking and note-taking strategies, and note-taking research.