CSArts-SGV's math courses are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Our math team utilizes the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum. This curriculum is problem-based and collaborative in nature. It is rigorous, requiring students to participate in high-level discussions of ideas, and to focus on the process of their work, not just the content. Students must think critically, communicate, collaborate, and create. 

Math Course Sequence Chart - Please click here to view a course sequence chart for the math pathways at CSArts-SGV.  You may also refer to the Curriculum Handbook on our website for course descriptions. 

 

What happens in a CSArts-SGV math classroom?

Interactive Learning
The "interactive" aspect of our mathematics classes, in part, reflects the program's emphasis on students working with each other in collaborative groups. Students discuss problems, use writing to clarify, and express complex mathematical ides and present findings to the rest of the class. Students share many different and valid approaches, expanding everyone's thinking. Together, they tackle problems that are usually too complex to be solved by any one individual.
 
Flexible Curriculum
The curriculum design offers complex problems that can be explored at many levels of sophistication. A typical first year math class includes accelerated students who have taken algebra in the 8th grade, those who would begin a college preparatory sequence in the 9th grade, and students who might have otherwise been excluded from challenging mathematics classes. A varied collection of supplemental problems gives teachers the flexibility to meet individual student needs. Special features include extensions (for students who want to pursue a specific topic in greater depth) and reinforcement experiences (for student who need to reflect on and synthesize what they have already learned).
 
Homework
Students complete daily homework assignments that focus on challenging their ability to think mathematically rather than drilling them on the computation skills. They also work on open-ended investigations in which they must write and illustrate their strategies and solutions to complex problems, and deliver oral presentations to the class.
 
Assessment
CSArts-SGV teachers use a variety of assessments to evaluate students mathematical abilities. Some of these include class
participation, multi-layered problems, individual tests, group tests, portfolios, projects quizzes, semester exams, and homework assignments. Moreover, our math teachers understand that students can uniquely augment their learning when actively involved in self-assessment and peer-assessment, so those practices are carefully included in appropriate assessments.
Jeremy Hansuvadha

Jeremy Hansuvadha

Instructor

Jeremy.Hansuvadha@sgv.csarts.net

As the son of a college Math Education professor and a Special Education teacher, Jeremy Hansuvadha comes from a family of educators (he kept the streak going by marrying a professor of Special Education at CSULB). Mr. Hansuvadha began teaching in 2000 and has experience teaching in public, private, and charter schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Additionally, he teaches Math Ed classes at UCI in the CalTeach program. After graduating with honors from the University of South Carolina with a degree in mathematical science, Mr. Hansuvadha attended the University of Washington (Seattle) to get his Masters in Teaching. He taught at OCSA for a decade and was named one of the Top 25 Teachers in Orange County by Parenting OC Magazine. Mr. Hansuvadha is adamantly passionate in his belief that everyone is good at math and loves disproving anyone who believes otherwise.

Michael Karmon

Michael Karmon

Instructor

Michael.Karmon@sgv.csarts.net

Dr. Karmon holds a Math Teaching Credential from Claremont Graduate University, BA and MA in Music from University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D in Composition/Music Theory from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Dr. Karmon taught math at an arts high school in Van Nuys for four years (CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts) and has also taught music at various institutions for about six years. He worked for quite a while as a freelance composer, and specialized in writing for classical guitarists. During this time he also worked as a guitarist and music educator. While this was a very satisfying career, Dr. Karmon missed the daily classroom interaction he experienced earlier in his teaching career. He really enjoyed math, and so, in 2016 Dr. Karmon decided to switch careers and become a math teacher: "I'm really happy to be back in the classroom, and I love teaching math through inquiry, exploration, collaboration, and creativity."

Joshua Kim

Joshua Kim

Instructor

Joshua.Kim@sgv.csarts.net

Joshua Kim earned his BS in Finance from Northeastern University and worked in the financial services sector on the East Coast before returning to his home in Southern California. Once he realized that teaching was his passion, he became a Math for America Fellow and earned his graduate degree from USC. He is a proud husband of an amazing English teacher and a father of two young sons, Emmett and Elias, who inspire him to become to become a better educator each and every day.

Ann Kim

Ann Kim

Instructor

Ann.Kim@sgv.csarts.net

Ann Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with the University of California, Irvine (UCI), majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. She then earned her Master of Arts in Teaching with a single subject credential in Mathematics at UCI. 

Ms. Kim has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math and served as the middle school team leader prior to joining the CSArts team this year. Ms. Kim believes that students learn best in an environment that embraces their interests, their diversity, and encourages their inquiry and creativity.

Jane Noh

Jane Noh

Instructor and Yearbook Advisor

Jane.Noh@sgv.ocsarts.net

Ms. Noh is a 3-time graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics with a minor in Education, a single-subject Math credential, and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Prior to earning her credential, Ms. Noh has served K-12 students in a variety of roles such as camp counselor, musical director, Sunday school teacher, English conversation teacher, and math teacher. During her credential program, Ms. Noh student taught IMP 1 at the Orange County School of the Arts. Since then, Ms. Noh has taught middle school math, Algebra 1, and Geometry to students ranging from 6th-12th grade.

As a child, Ms. Noh struggled with mathematics and it was thanks to several influential and inspiring math teachers that she has learned to love math. She hopes to instill the same passion for mathematics and problem solving in her students. Also, as a member of the California Mathematics Council and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Ms. Noh believes that she needs to constantly learn to improve upon her own teaching practices by working with other teachers, through experience, and through professional development opportunities.

Ms. Noh is excited to be returning to the OCSA family at CSArts! 

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Eduard Yegizaryan

Eduard Yegizaryan

Instructor

Eduard.Yegiazaryan@sgv.csarts.net

Eduard Yegiazaryan was an Air Traffic Controller for the United States Navy. Upon finishing his enlistment, he decided to further his education by attending the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned his Bachelor of the Arts in Economics. Mr. Yegiazaryan then enrolled at the University of California, Irvine and graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics.

Tiffany Zhu

Tiffany Zhu

Instructor

Tiffany.Zhu@sgv.csarts.net

Ms. Zhu holds a BA in Linguistics from Pomona College and Master of Arts in Teaching from UCI. She has three years of experience teaching high school math, and is a member of Math for America. According to Ms. Zhu, "Math is one of the many ways that human beings connect to this world, and that intuition plays a strong part in math education."