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#M3TFellowFriday: Analea Shepard

Each Friday during the school year, we will spotlight one of our M3T Fellows. This week, let’s meet Analea Shepard from Oak Hill High School!

Analea Shepard

M3T Noyce Fellow – Cohort 2

High School Mathematics Teacher

Oak Hill High School

Fayette County Schools

Twitter: @ashep_18

Number of years teaching: 6

Positions and Roles: Teaches Geometry and Algebra 2; Oak Hill HS Girls Assistant Basketball Coach; Oak Hill Event Coordinator; NuSkool Tutor; Homebound Teacher; Student Council Co-Advisor; Oak Hill Leadership Team

Professional awards, distinctions, and points of pride: Is a National Certified Counselor, was Oak Hill High School Teacher of the Year in 2021, is an M3T Fellow

Interesting personal facts: She and her husband, Sam, have two huskies and two kittens; she has a masters degree in school counseling; she is originally from Virginia, but West Virginia quickly became her home.

Why are you excited to be part of the M3T project?

“I am always looking for opportunities to grow as a leader and educator, and M3T allows that to happen. I believe M3T encourages continuous growth as a human and educator by encouraging open mindsets and pushing one to  never stop trying to be better than they were the day before.”

Why do you teach mathematics?

“I teach math because it can be frustrating, challenging, and it encourages thinking outside the box. Through real world math connections, unique lessons, and new task implementation, my goal is to create discourse, collaboration, and improve confidence in and outside the classroom.”

What are you focused on improving about mathematics teaching?

“I want to be able to provide the students the answer of “why” they need math. If this is able to happen, mathematical questions and discourse  will come to light. I want to have better, more unique lessons to keep students engaged and wanting to learn more each day.”

Final Thoughts:

“I knew joining M3T was going to push me out of my comfort zone but in the best way. This amazing network continuously offers a strong support system and encourages changes to make my classroom and myself better than the day before. I am so thankful to be a part of this project and cannot wait to further grow.”

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Check in each week on #M3TFellowFriday throughout the school year to meet another M3T Fellow. You can find a listing of all of the M3T Fellows and stay up-to-date with the work of the M3T network at our website, You can also follow us on Twitter, @m3t_wv.