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Meet the New Faculty and Staff | Mrs. Valerie Franck

Mrs. Valerie Franck joined the Georgetown Prep Math Department in August. She is thrilled to join the community and looks forward to cheering on our students!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I studied at Catholic University of America, majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education. I began my teaching career in Montgomery County Public Schools at the school where I completed my student teaching where I remained for five years. After the birth of my second son, I took leave from MCPS to be home with my children. During this leave, I worked as an independent contractor for an educational research and advocacy group analyzing teacher contracts with specific focus on salaries and work schedules. We also had our third son while I was on leave. I returned to MCPS after four years of leave and spent the last eight years at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. During that time, we welcomed our fourth son into our family.

What were you like in high school?

I was a pretty good kid and student. I was involved in student government, serving as Lt. Governor (Vice-President) for my Freshman class. I played on our school's volleyball team and played viola in the school orchestra as well as the pit orchestra that accompanied the school's spring musical. Although I never planned to study math or science beyond high school, I always enjoyed the subject matter and chose to take additional classes each year in lieu of a lunch period.

If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

I would live on the campus of my sons' school. Coordinating drop-offs and pick-ups through DC traffic is challenging; it would be fantastic to eliminate that time-drain on our day.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?

If I could be any fictional character, I think it would be Elizabeth (Beth) March from Little Women. As a child, I was fascinated by the fictional March family but was drawn most to Beth whose desires in life were simple compared to those of her sisters. Beth's greatest happiness came from being around those she loved which is something I have always related to.

What is something you have done that no one would ever expect?

I was very interested and involved in local politics when I was in high school. I was a founding member of, what was at the time, the youngest PAC on record. We (successfully) managed campaigns for my town's school district budget as well as for members of the school board.

Tell us about your greatest achievement.

Graduating with honors in math has been my greatest achievement. The math department at CUA was very small; I was the only math major in my graduating class. In order to graduate with honors in math, a student had to earn a score 50% higher on the series of comprehensive exams than was required to fulfill the basic graduation requirements. It took every single test (four tests each semester over the student's final four semesters) for me to earn the necessary score, but I did it and was the first to do so in three years.