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The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love

posted Mar 10, 2015, 7:37 PM by gjones@modoccoe.k12.ca.us

Sarah Hagen, a 25-year-old National Merit Scholar teaches at Drumright High School in Drumright, Okla. The faded oil town is easy to miss. Fewer than 3,000 people live there, and the highway humps right around it.

There are no stoplights, no movie theater and no bowling alley anymore. Just a clutch of small houses and hearty businesses: a funeral home, Family Dollar and a Dollar General.

The school had ordered new math textbooks, but Hagan had already decided — as a student-teacher — that she wasn't going to use textbooks.

"I don't want to be stifled by that. I mean, I teach a lot of things in a totally different order than a textbook would," she says.

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