• Denise Briggs

    Position: Middle School
    7th Grade Math and 5-6 Art
    Building: Middle School : Portable Rm #32 (near tennis courts)
    Email Address: dbriggs@freemansd.org
    Phone number: 291-7301 ext. 307
     

    Hi! Welcome Back!!!!

    This is my 26th year at Freeman, and I’ve taught a variety of subjects ranging from 6th grade to middle school history, communication arts, P.E., math, art, digital photography.

    I graduated from EWU in 1991 with a major in math and/K-8 Education plus a minor in Reading. I earned my master’s degree in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley College in Massachusetts.  My master's degree taught me how to incorporate drama, movement, music, poetry, storytelling and art into any curriculum.

     
    I absolutely love teaching and working with middle school kids. This job truly is my passion! I can’t think of a job that I would love more.

    My educational philosophy centers around the idea that kids will work hard if they are motivated and inspired. I have found that if students are given some personal choice in projects and assignments, they will in turn become invested in their learning. Their learning will become relevant in their own lives because their personal experiences, along with their own passions, will be the main factor that drives their learning.  

    Understanding the "why" particularly in math and seeing how math can help them in the world also helps kids make an investment in their effort.  I allow kids opportunities to relearn material they didn't understand the first time around.  Learning doesn't end after a quiz or test.  If students have the desire to put in extra work and come in for help, I'm happy to offer retakes.  My math classroom is all about learning and having those ah-ha lightbulb moments that are so powerful.  Students are so proud when they grasp and understand a hard math concept.  I will make every effort to guide your child in this journey.
     
    I arrive at school at 7:45 a.m. and stay usually until 4:00ish. 
     
    *I am always happy to meet with a student after school.  You can plan on me staying until 4:00 most days. Just email me to make arrangements just to make sure I'm able to stay. This is a great time to work in my classroom on math work, form study groups and to get help with math...also this is a great time to retake quizzes or tests.  
     
     
    I teach...
     
    5th Grade Art Tues. & Thurs.
    5th period 
     
    and
     
    6th Grade Art M-W-F 
    5th Period
     
     
    7th Grade Math-Course 2
    1st, 2nd,  4th and 6th period
     
     
     
     
     My Prep Time: 3rd Period