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Teacher name: Cara AgranE-mail address: cagran@rfsd.k12.co.usAge: 39Phone Number: 922-0803School, grade and subject: Basalt High School, mathematics teacher (grades 9-12)Family Information – kids’ names/ages, spouse name/age: I am not married; I have no children. But I do have a nephew – Brandon (the apple of his aunt Cara’s eye). And, there is a niece on the way, due on Brandon’s third birthday in December. Very close relationship with my brothers, my sisters-in-law, my parents, and the entire extended family, which mostly resides in the New York City area. Teaching experience: This is my second year of teaching, my second year at BHS.Why are you a teacher? If you worked in another profession before teaching, why did you change?Teaching as a career just seemed like a good choice for me. And, a few years ago, it felt like the right time for a change. My rapport with the students is an added bonus. I respect them; they respect me … it works well.What do you like most about teaching?What I enjoy most are the relationships that have developed with both my students and my colleagues.What do you do in your free time?Ski, hike, play tennis, read, listen to music, travel …What’s your favorite lesson to teach?I suppose AP calculus is a favorite because it challenges me. But, truth be told, when dealing with high school math lessons, every time I engage my students is a favorite time.What was your favorite teacher like?My third-grade teacher was Mrs. Ackerman … warm, generous, caring, engaging. I hated to leave her class each day! My 10th grade Algebra 2 teacher was Mr. Larry Thomas (“LT or Mr. T”) … skier, fun, generous, engaging. We spent many a day connecting math ideas to skiing!What is something interesting about you that no one else knows?I need to read; I love a good story … action, adventure, biography, tragedy, comedy, love story, etc. … whatever it is, if it is written well, I am transformed! If you could go any where in the world where would it be and who would you take with you?I adore Spain … the people, the culture, the beauty. In my mind, there is a romance to Spain, so I’d like to be there and be in love. What do you most miss about being a kid?Allowance.Each Tuesday the Post Independent will feature a teacher from the Roaring Fork School District Re-1, Garfield School District No. 16 or Garfield School District Re-2.Each Tuesday the Post Independent will feature a teacher from the Roaring Fork School District Re-1, Garfield School District No. 16 or Garfield School District Re-2.


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