High School

Mathematics

Philosophy

The Mathematics Department at Thomas More Prep-Marian is dedicated to helping students succeed at every level in mathematics and other disciplines by providing the foundation and structure for critical thinking and analysis.  We believe that the MORE knowledge of mathematics a student possesses, the MORE prepared he or she will be for standardized testing, scholarship opportunities, college or university studies and success in life endeavors.  We offer classes from Algebra 1A, which is aimed at those students who are not yet ready for a regular high school Algebra 1 course, up to and including Advanced Placement Calculus.  We are also aligned with Fort Hays State University and are able to offer College Algebra to our students for concurrent credit.  Our school also participates in the Fort Hays State University Math Relays; therein, high schools from across central and western Kansas compete in mathematics competitions.  The relays consist of both team and individual events.  TMP-Marian consistently has students place in the top of every event!

TMP-Marian Mathematics…it’s MORE help, MORE choices, and MORE of what you need to succeed.

Course Description

Algebra 1A and 1B (together 1A and 1B cover all the concepts of Algebra 1)

Algebra 1

Geometry A

Geometry

Algebra 2

Statistics

Trigonometry

Analysis of Functions

Calculus 1

College Algebra

Calculus students have the opportunity to take the AP Calculus Test

Faculty

Mrs. Melissa Schoepf has been teaching Mathematics for over 7 years.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in School Improvement.   She took a teaching job in Sylvan Grove, Kansas, and taught for 4 years before she became the Head of the Mathematics department here at TMP.  In addition to teaching, Mrs. Schoepf is also the Head Softball Coach for the High School Girls Softball Team.  When she has a bit of free time, she enjoys traveling, relaxing at the lake, and spending time with her husband and children, Brynn and Myka.

Email schoepfm@tmpmarian.org

Mr. Jake Befort graduated from Marymount College of Kansas in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.  He went on to earn  Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Fort Hays State University in 2002.  Mr. Befort has been teaching for over 34 years, with experience in Golden Plains, Copeland, Holcomb, LaCrosse, Weskan, and Larned.  Other than teaching Mathematics, Mr. Befort is the Assistant Coach for the Girls Golf Team.  He enjoys all things Golf, including playing virtual tournaments on the Internet.

Email befortj@tmpmarian.org

While this is Mr. Shea Koerner’s 3rd year teaching, he has been coaching high school sports for over 9 years.  After graduating from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota in 2007, he took a teaching position at the San Miguel School in Back of the Yards Chicago.  He was there for 2 years teaching Mathematics and Reading as a Title I teacher.  After being acquired by TMP, Mr. Koerner put his coaching experience to use and is the Assistant Soccer Coach for both the girls and boys team.  In his free time, Mr. Koerner enjoys bike riding, going to the movies, and writing short stories.

Email koerners@tmpmarian.org