Welcome to the Mathematics Department

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    The Math Department at John Muir High School Early College Magnet recognizes the importance of mathematical knowledge and problem solving skills within the 21st century. Students are taught to use 21st Century Skills to help them succeed academically. The skills they will learn and thrive on are skills to help them communicatecreate, and think critically.  As the role of technology continues its dominance in modern society, individuals will need stronger quantitative-reasoning skills in order to make effective decisions. Therefore, the Math Department engages in a contemporary curriculum that is designed to develop the student’s ability to make informed decisions as well as to apply relevant concepts from a host of given tools and strategies.

     
     
Math Department

List of Courses Offered

  • INTEGRATED MATH I A-G Approved-10 CREDITS. This is the first course in a sequence of three integrated courses for high school. The course is intended to provide students the extension of foundational geometry, algebra and statistical concepts from middle school math. Students build upon linear and exponential functions, congruence, proof and transformation, and descriptive statistics. The problem situations and models used help foster connections among the various strands of mathematics.

    INTEGRATED MATH II A-G Approved-10 CREDITS. In this course students build upon work with exponential functions and extend this knowledge to quadratic functions. Additionally, a deeper understanding of number and quantity and expressions are developed through the thorough manipulation of expressions and equations. Students apply earlier experience with dilations and proportional reasoning to develop a formal understanding of triangle similarity.

    INTEGRATED MATH III A-G Approved-10 Credits. Prerequisite: Integrated Math II or equivalent In this third and final course of the integrated math sequence application of mathematics learned from earlier courses is the focus. Students expand their understanding of functions to include polynomial, rational and radical functions. In addition, they consolidate geometry and the functions to create models and solve contextual problems. Finally, students apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data; and expand right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles.

    AP CALCULUS AB - GRADES 10-12 A-G Approved-10 CREDITS. Prerequisite: “B” in Advanced Mathematics 1B or equivalent. This is a standard college-level course in analytical geometry and calculus. The course includes analytics of the straight line and conics, differentiation and integration of algebraic functions, and applications.

    COLLEGE PREPARATORY MATHEMATICS 10 CREDITS. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math II This course was designed by PUSD Math faculty in collaboration with the Mathematics division at Pasadena City College. The course is designed to reinforce foundations in basic Mathematics and Algebra, and prepare students to successfully place into college-level mathematics upon matriculation. Students who earn a B or higher in the course receive automatic placement into a college level course and are excused from placement tests.

    NOTE – UC Requirements: 30 Math units (three years) are required including Integrated Math III.

Faculty

Ms. Ana Demarco

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82154

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Ms. Ana Demarco

Ms. Demarco is currently a mathematics teacher at John Muir.  She has been at Muir since 2014.  She has also taught Economics in Argentina from 1992 to 1998 and third grade, dual program from 2007 -2011.  Ms. Demarco recieved her Bachelor Degree in Economics from National University of Cordoba, Argentina and a Masters in Economics from Cal Poly Pomona.  Her hobbies are all physical activities, but her favorite ones are running and yoga. All of Ms. Demarco's family lives in Argentina, except her two daughters.  Ms. Demarco likes to use many Kagan activities and create projects to model how to use mathematics in real world activities.  She truly believes that her students will go to college and will be successful in any future career they choose.

Mr. Ryan Flores

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82159

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Mr. Ryan Flores

Mr. Flores teaches Math 3, Precalculus, AP Calculus, and Digital Electronics at John Muir.  He started teaching as a sub teaching in both Garden Grove Unified and Whittier Union Unified, however, became a full-time teacher at John Muir in 2015. Mr. Flores attended Purdue University where he recieved his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, UCLA for his Single Subject Teacher Credential Program in Mathematics, and Cal State Los Angeles for his Masters of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction.  He is a devoted father of two dogs. He enjoys going to the gym and keeping fit when he has time. He is fascinated by the real estate market (and other financial markets).  Other trainings that Mr. Flores has participated in are:  The Engineering In Training Exam which is the precursor to the Professional Engineering Exam, PLTW Training - El Camino College - Intro to Engineering Design, PLTW Training - San Diego State - Digital Electronics Design, Single Subject Teaching Credential - Mathematics, and CTE Teaching Credential - Engineering Design and Manufacturing.  Mr. Ryan loves his colleagues most of all. He could not ask for a better group of people to work with.

Mr. Mario Hernandez

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82132

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Mr. Mario Hernandez

Mr. Hernandez began teaching at Muir in the Fall of 1994.  This is his first and only teaching position.  He earned his BA at UCSB in Spanish Literature and his MA at CSULA in Educational Administration.  Family is everything to Mr. Hernandez and he loves to travel with them.  He also has a passion for soccer, working out, cooking, and collecting Dodger Bobbleheads.  He has served JMHS in various capacities: Math Department Chair, Academy Lead- Freshman Academy, Varsity Soccer Coach for 24 years, Mecha Club Advisor (Hispanic Heritage Celebration Assembly), and Class Advisor.  Mr. Hernandez loves the students at Muir. He says it's amazing to see the evolution of students from young adults to becoming pillars of our community (business leaders, parents, community advocates and leaders.)

Mr. Danny Huerta

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82117

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Mr. Danny Huerta

Mr. Huerta began teaching Special Education math in 2017 in South Los Angeles. In 2019, he accepted his Special Eduation math teaching position at Muir. Mr. Huerta earned his B.S. in Community & Regional Development from the University of California, Davis and his M.A. in Urban Education: Policy & Administration from Loyola Marymount University.  He is a lifelong community member of Northwest Pasadena and although both his parents attended PHS during their younger years, he, like his grandfather, are proud alumni of John Muir High School (c/o 2011). When Mr. Huerta is not teaching, he tries to spend his time outdoors (i.e. biking, hiking, going to the park, etc.), but he also enjoys taking pictures, reading books, watching YouTube, and spending time with family.  Mr. Huerta says Muir means - Community. Tradition. Culture of Perseverance.

Mr. Alexander Kim

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82185

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Mr. Alexander Kim

Mr. Kim began teaching math at John Muir High School in 2015.  He received his degree in Economics from Brooklyn College @ CUNY and his Master's in Math Education LAUSD.  He enjoys mountain biking and surfing.  What Mr. Kims loves about Muir "WE are a big family at Muir. The staff is my extended family and the students are like my children."

Mr. Bharatchandra Parekh

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82152

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Mr. Bharatchandra Parekh

Mr. Parekh began teaching Mathematics at John Muir in 2010.  He earned his BA in Business Administration and his Masters in Education from CalPoly.    He loves motivating Muir students through establishing clear goals, focusing on growth, and celebrating on student success.  Mr. Parekh enjoys hiking on his time off. He recently went on a hiking expedition through the Andes and Peruvian Amazon.

Ms. Carmen Toscano

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82170

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Ms. Carmen Toscano

Ms. Toscano began teaching math at John Muir High School in 2019.

Ms. DeShaunda Reed

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82166

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Ms. DeShaunda Reed

Ms.Reed, began teaching SAI Math at John Muir in 2018.  However, she's been teaching since 2012.  She received her Bachelors from Paul Quinn College and her Master's from Concordia University.  She loves listening to music, going to the movies, and spending time with her family, which includes 5 kids - 2 sets of twins!!  What she loves most about Muir is the culture.

Mr. Scott Simon

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82168

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Mr. Scott Simon

Mr. Simon received his B.S. in Math at SDSU and his M.Ed at the American College of Education.  He plays the trumpet and enjoys cooking. What Mr. Simon loves most about Muir - "It's not a middle school."