Mission Statement

OCSA math teachers challenge all students with curriculum that is student-centered and accessible, in a safe and collaborative learning environment.  OCSA math students are critical thinkers and problem solvers, who can communicate their mathematical reasoning.

OCSA’s math courses are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and utilize the College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) curriculum for Math II through Integrated III Enhanced. This curriculum is problem-based and collaborative in nature and quite different from traditional math textbooks. It is very 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. Because this curriculum is quite unique, there may be an adjustment period for your student as they adapt to the new curriculum, and our teachers will do their best to ensure your child’s success in math.

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

Math Placement Policy - Please click here to view OCSA's Math Placement Policy.

Math Placement Exam - Please click here to view more information regarding OCSA's math placement exams.  

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The Three Pillars of CPM Pedagogy

1) Students learn ideas more deeply when they discuss ideas with classmates.

2) Students learn ideas more usefully for other arenas when they learn by attacking problems—ideally from the real world.

3) Students learn ideas more permanently when they are required to engage and re-engage with the ideas for months or even years.

The 3 Research-Based Principles That Guide The CPM Curriculum:

1) Students should engage in problem-based lessons structured around a core idea.

2) Guided by a knowledgeable teacher, students should interact in groups to foster mathematical discourse.

3) Practice with concepts and procedures should be spaced over time; that is, mastery comes over time.

Andrew Chang

Andrew Chang

Instructor

andrew.chang@ocsarts.net

Andrew Chang holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and CA teaching credential from University of California, Irvine and a master's degree in education, specializing in curriculum and instruction, from Concordia University of Irvine. Mr. Chang joined Orange County School of the Arts in 2004 and serves as an academic instructor at OCSA's math department.

Allison Conrey

Allison Conrey

Instructor

Allison.Conrey@ocsarts.net

Allison Conrey holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of California, San Diego and a teaching credential and master’s degree in Teaching from the University of California, Irvine.  Mrs. Conrey joined Orange County School of the Arts in 2012 and serves as an academic instructor of the Mathematics department and has taught Algebra 2, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, FST and AP Calculus BC. 

In 2015, with the help of her aspiring Calculus students, she started OCSA’s first Moody’s Mega Math Challenge team.  Mrs. Conrey also serves as OCSA’s National Honor Society Advisor.

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Marcy Crouch

Marcy Crouch

Instructor

marcy.crouch@ocsarts.net

Marcy Crouch is an Orange County native, completing her elementary education in the Ocean View School District and high school at Marina High School.  At Marina, Ms. Crouch was an accomplished athlete in three sports, volleyball, soccer and softball, earning Orange County Athlete of the Year honors as a junior and senior, and California Athlete of the Year Award her senior year.  Ms. Crouch completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where she was also an All-American softball player.  Ms. Crouch continued her education with an MBA from Santa Clara University, a Master’s in Education from Boston University, and a teaching credential from UC Irvine.  Ms. Crouch has been a teacher in the Mathematics Department at OCSA since 2011.

Kevin Grant

Kevin Grant

Instructor

Kevin.Grant@ocsarts.net

Mr. Grant holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chapman University and a single subject teaching credential with a CLAD certificate from Concordia University.  He joined Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 2001 and teaches Integrated II Math and Statistics. 

Meghan Linney

Meghan Linney

Instructor

Meghan.Linney@ocsarts.net

Meghan Linney joined the Orange County School of the Arts in 2015 as an academic teacher in OCSA’s Mathematics Department. Ms Linney received her bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Washington & Jefferson College in PA, and holds a CA teaching credential from University of Redlands, Santa Ana.

Ryan Madden

Ryan Madden

Instructor

Ryan.Madden@ocsarts.net

Ryan Madden holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in Education from the University of California, Irvine.  He earned a single-subject teaching credential in Mathematics with CLAD certification from UC Irvine as well. 

Mr. Madden taught mathematics for four years at Bolsa Grande High School before joining the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) Mathematics department in 2015.  He currently teaches two high-school math courses at OCSA: Integrated 1 and Integrated 2.  Mr. Madden also serves on OCSA’s Culture Committee.  In his free time, he enjoys travel, camping, hiking, and surfing.

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Henna Mohamedy

Henna Mohamedy

Instructor

henna.mohamedy@ocsarts.net

Henna Mohamedy holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from California State University, Fullerton. Mrs. Mohamedy earned a K-12 teaching credential and a Master’s degree in teaching mathematics from University of California, Irvine. Mrs. Mohamedy joined Orange County School of the Arts in 2013 and serves as an academic instructor at OCSA’s mathematics department.

Debbie Nguyen

Debbie Nguyen

Instructor

Debbie.Nguyen@ocsarts.net

Debbie Nguyen earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor is Spanish from San Diego State University in 2010 and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. She also received a single-subject teaching credential in mathematics and a supplemental teaching credential in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Mrs. Nguyen joined the OCSA family in 2013 and serves as an academic instructor for the math department teaching Math 2 and Math 3. Teaching has been her dream since elementary school and she is excited to continue living her dream here at OCSA.

Alyssa Neilson

Alyssa Neilson

Instructor

Alyssa.Neilson@ocsarts.net

Alyssa Neilson holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Brigham Young University. She earned two CA teaching credentials in mathematics and physics and worked toward a master’s degree in mathematics from San Francisco State University. Mrs. Neilson joined Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 2015 and serves as an academic instructor in the Mathematics department teaching Integrated Math and Precalculus.

Renee Petersen

Renee Petersen

Instructor

Renee.Petersen@ocsarts.net

Renee Petersen holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in physics from California State University Sacramento. She earned a single subject teaching credentials in mathematics from SDSU. She studied Engineering at CSULB before deciding to specialize in math and pursue teaching.  Ms. Petersen joined Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 2000 and serves as an academic instructor in OCSA's math department.

Jeff Pratt

Jeff Pratt

Instructor

jeff.pratt@ocsarts.net

Jeff Pratt holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University Long Beach. Mr. Pratt earned a secondary (single subject) teaching credential from National University. He joined Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 2005 and teaches math 3 and Integrated II levels.

Megan Schmidtbauer

Megan Schmidtbauer

Instructor

megan.schmidtbauer@ocsarts.net

Megan Schmidtbauer holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from California State University San Marcos and a master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, Irvine.  She earned a single subject teaching credential from California State University San Marcos. Mrs. Schmidtbauer joined the Orange County School of the Arts in 2018 and serves as an academic instructor in the Math department teaching Math 3 and Integrated III. In her free time, Mrs. Schmidtbauer enjoys participating in competitive games nights with family and friends.

Terri Secrist

Terri Secrist

Instructor

Terri.Secrist@ocsarts.net

Terri Secrist holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting from University of Southern California. She earned a teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. Mrs. Secrist joined Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 2000 and serves as an academic instructor of the Mathematics department. Since 1993, she has taught mathematics to both high school students and middle school students as well as science to middle school students.

Maria Stern

Maria Stern

Instructor

Maria.Stern@ocsarts.net

Maria Stern holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education and a master’s degree in mathematics education from University of South Florida, specializing in curriculum development and instruction. She earned a single subject credential in Mathematics grades 6 – 12. Maria joined Orange County School of the Arts in 2010 and serves as an instructor in the mathematics department. Currently, she teaches integrated mathematics and advanced-placement statistics. Maria is a member of the American Statistical Association.

Cory Tague

Cory Tague

Instructor

Cory.Tague@ocsarts.net

Cory Tague holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from California State University, Bakersfield and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Mr. Tague earned single subject teaching credentials in foundational mathematics and biological sciences from National University. Mr. Tague joined Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 2002 and serves as an academic instructor in the Math and Science departments. Mr. Tague serves as the advisor of the Math Club.