The goal of the Math Department is to provide a curriculum that enables each student to challenge himself to achieve to his fullest potential in math in high school and beyond. We prepare students for the highest levels of math and science courses at St. Thomas and for their mathematics courses at the university level. For many highly motivated students, this includes the challenge to earn college credit through the Advanced Placement program.
We endeavor to help students appreciate the beauty of mathematics, the richness of its language, the elegance of its logic, the power of its applications and the joy in discovering and understanding its ideas and results.
Grade 9: Algebra I, Accelerated Algebra I, Advanced Algebra I/ Adv. Geometry, Adv. Geometry
Grade 10: Geometry, Adv. Geometry, Adv. Algebra II/Trig, Algebra II/Trig
Grade 11: Algebra II, Alg II/Trig, Adv. Alg II/Trig, Precalculus, Adv. Pre-Calculus
Grade 12: AP Calculus BC, AP Calculus AB, Reg Calculus, Adv. Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Pre-College Algebra, AP Statistics
Beth Breuer (B.S., University of Texas at Austin) has been teaching at St. Thomas since 1997, and she teaches Algebra II and Algebra III and regular calculus. She has done graduate hours at Rice through RUSMP, is a certified calculus teacher and has attended the NMSI workshops.
Mary Cassaro (B.S., Stephen F. Austin State University; M.Ed Counseling, Texas Christian University) is a graduate from Incarnate Word Academy who has taught at STH since 2012. Her 2021-2022 teach assignment includes Advanced Pre-Calculus and Regular Calculus. In May of 2021 she was named the Dean of the Mathematics department.
Joan McNatt (B.S. and M.S. Math, University of Houston-Clear Lake) teaches Advanced Algebra II/Trigonometry and AP Calculus BC and AB. She joined the faculty in 2010. She is calculus certified and has attended NMSI workshops. Joan was awarded the John L. & Jean Joplin Master Teacher Chair in Mathematics and the Reckling/Turner Master Teacher Chair in Mathematics in April, 2021.
Roland Melchor (B.A., University of Houston) joined the faculty in January 2011 with nine years of experience. He teaches Algebra I and Algebra II.
Jennifer Pearson (B.A., University of St. Thomas) teaches Advanced Algebra I/Geometry, Accelerated Alg I and Advanced Geometry. She joined the STH faculty in 2013.
Nell Warnes (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rice University; M.Ed., University of Houston) taught at St. Thomas from 2003 to 2006. She rejoined the faculty in January of 2014 and has served as the Dean of the Technology Department and as an Instructional Technologist. She teaches Computer Applications, Computer Science I, Robotics, and AP Computer Science A, she also teaches in the Math Department. She is the moderator of the Robotics competition team, the Drone competition team, and the Java programming competition team Prior to teaching at St. Thomas, she worked for NASA on the design of the International Space Station and in the semiconductor industry.