• About Ms McElhinney

    I have been teaching at Ironwood Ridge since 2005, having volunteered here 2003/2004. My husband and I are originally from Scotland and we have a son who is in Middle School. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, especially mathematics. I have been fortunate to have taught some amazing students over the years.When I am not teaching or being a wife and Mum, I like to roadbike and go to the gym.

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    Classes that I teach

    AP Calculus BC

    Introduction to Calculus

    College Algebra PIMA Dual Enrollment Class


    All information for each course can now be found through Schoology. 


    Standardized Test Practice.

     Click sign in, select 10th grade and then select math/ There are two tests, try both :)


    Click on the link for practice with ACT. For the math portion, scroll down to pg 25                               https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf



    ACT Aspire click on this link                                                                                  ACT Aspire

    the user name is mathEHS and password is actaspire.

     If you need extra help foe the AZSci  please click on the link to watch the video                                  https://vimeo.com/464037603

    It is really just instructions on how to get to the sample test. 



    I have a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics with Honors, from the University of Paisley in Scotland, UK (Now the University of the West of Scotland).

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     I have a Master's Degree in Control Engineering from the University of Sheffield in England, UK.

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    I studied the dynamics of three level laser systems at the University of Glasgow for three years.

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    I have a Master's in Education from the University of Arizona, USA.

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    Prior Experience

    I worked for the University of Minnesota as a research fellow in the Department of Public Health.

    I worked for the transport division of the British Government and a private transportation consulting firm for six years as a senior statistical analyst.

    Whilst at university, I tutored math and engineering students and also conducted Control Engineering and Artificial Intelligence and Programming Labs.


    Core Educational Beliefs

    I believe that every child is capable of learning and should be given the opportunity to access the curriculum and be guided by their teachers. Whilst success is an individual achievement, it is reached by a collaborative partnership with the students, teachers and parents.

    Why I am committed to Amphi

    I have worked for Amphi, specifically Ironwood Ridge for 17 years, I have some wonderfully talented colleagues who care about each other and are student focused. I have worked with principals and colleagues that have moved on to work at our district offices, and I feel I am fortunate to have those positive connections.



    How to contact me - please do so through my school e-mail.