As a math teacher for Alpha Omega Academy, Julie Maloney holds office hours and responds to emails and help messages, as well as grades assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects. She also keeps in contact with students weekly and makes phone calls throughout their course to check on their progress, but the favorite part of her job is helping students understand the problems.
“Understanding math can be difficult for multiple students to begin with, let alone trying to understand various math concepts in an online setting,” she said. “I live for those ‘aha’ lightbulb moments! I am able to help them get to that lightbulb moment where everything makes sense to them and they are able to solve very similar problems on their own with little or no help from me.”
Growing up near the banks of the Allegheny River in Western Pennsylvania, Maloney was actively involved in basketball, volleyball, track, and dance. She knew she wanted to be a teacher in elementary school and knew her calling was math since 8th grade. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education degree with a minor in Education of Exceptional Persons and Educational Psychology, she earned her Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Self-described as organized, reliable, and honest, Maloney loves going camping and going on cruises with her husband. She also loves seafood, romantic comedies, and reality TV shows.