STEM TeacherThe University of Houston, MEdUniversity of Texas at Austin, BFA
email: amber.greer [at] sonomaacademy.org
phone: (707) 545-1770 x3401
If you plan to take an upper-level math class, chances are you will have a class with Amber Greer. Amber has been teaching with us since 2012 and has taught everything from AP AB Calculus, AP BC Calculus, AP Statistics, Honors Precalculus, Honors Algebra 2 to ceramics.
Amber claims that she got into teaching as an accident. She was never the best student herself but fell in love with higher-level math and sciences while in high school. A Texas native, Amber majored in art at the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduating, she took a job with an animation company, and later moved out to LA to puruse other career possibilities. She then picked up a "temporary" job teaching special ed at an elementary school level. It was this experience that sparked her love for teaching. She returned to Texas to get her master's degree in Mathematics and Education from the University of Houston. She did this all while being a full-time art teacher! After teaching at many other schools, Amber became a teacher at Sonoma Academy seven years ago.
On campus, Amber is always showing her passion for math and art and integrates the two in the classroom. In Amber’s own words, “Math and Art are my yin-yang balance. I guess the lesson here is that you are allowed to change your mind. My college major and the graduate degree I chose are two very different things, but I have an equal love for both.”
Not only is Amber an expert in all things math and art-related, she also leads the “Girl Talk” exploratory. “We are working on two projects that we’re going to be introducing at the end of the year to try to make SA a safer space for girls to talk about what’s important to them,” says Amber, “We are also figuring out a way to teach girls and boys to communicate with each other about personal matters and current events.” This group meets twice a week and is a safe space for those who identify as girls to talk about and learn to navigate through issues they are facing or may face in the future. It is a space where they can get in touch with their individual strengths and power, build confidence, and practice open communication. Amber says, “Girl Talk is my favorite part of the day, and we’re doing some really good work there. It is just super exciting to be working with high school girls on things that are really important to me and to them.” This has been something Amber has wanted to create ever since she started teaching.
Outside of the classroom, one can catch Amber listening to music constantly. “I love music,” says Amber, “When I come home I have music playing until I go to sleep and as the first thing when I wake up in the morning. I simply just have to have it. Music is one of the things that drives me every day. Music is really important to me; I would be a miserable person without it.” Currently, Amber is learning to play guitar, ukelele, and sing.