Angela Torpy

Angela Torpy

Role

As the Math Coach, my role is to work with administrators, teachers, students, parents and the community to improve student achievement through improvement of math instruction at Discovery. I am so excited at the opportunity to collaborate with a very talented and knowledgeable teaching staff at Discovery. I plan on working with the community to inspire students to see math in new and exciting ways and to help them persevere and see that hard work leads to great discoveries!

Professional Background

I began my career with a MA in Communications (Public Relations) and Spanish from James Madison University. Initially, I worked for a large Health Communications firm out of Rockville, MD, before entering Marymount University’s Masters in Education program. After graduating from Marymount, I entered a 5th grade classroom at Taylor Elementary School in Arlington. Three years later I changed roles and became a Resource Teacher for the Gifted at Tuckahoe Elementary School. The RTG position afforded me an incredible opportunity to see a school as a whole, better understand the articulation of curriculum throughout the grade levels, and best of all – work with a large and dynamic group of teachers and students. Eventually, I returned to the 5th and 4th grade classroom and was Tuckahoe’s 2013 Teacher of the year. I made the switch to the role of Math Coach in 2014 and love working with teachers and students at Discovery!

Personal Interests

My husband and two daughters live in neighboring Falls Church. I spend most of my spare time with my family on adventures that include hiking, biking, and traveling to a family farm outside of Asheville, NC. I am also a bit of a foodie and I am always looking for a new food truck or restaurant to try.

Literary Connection

In the book Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson, Harold, armed only with an oversized purple crayon, draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. His imagination allows him to escape from a hungry dragon, befriend a moose and porcupine, and explore city life. Harold is methodical in his travels – he draws landmarks to ensure he won’t get lost; sketches a boat when he finds himself in deep water; and creates a purple pie picnic when he feels hungry. As an educator, my hope is to help students emulate Harold – to find their voice through creative problem solving and discover that through persistence and hard work, awesome challenges and adventures await.