Seventh Grade, MS Math,
Mrs. Mary DeFrancia

“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis

Middle School Math

Mrs. DeFrancia

Hello mathematicians!  I am Mrs. DeFrancia, and I am so excited to rejoin the Holy Cross community for the second year.  This year I will continue teaching math to our middle schoolers, but I will also be the 7th grade homeroom teacher alongside Mrs. Louie.

Originally, I come from a small town in California just south of San Jose. I spent my childhood counting cows, cars, and clouds on my way to school. That love for counting random objects transformed over time into a love for math, and eventually, for teaching math.  I graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in education and then received my Master's degree through UP's PACE program.

I've spent the last 9 years teaching middle school math here in Portland where my students continue to bring me joy, laughter, and inspiration. Letting students discover the "whys" behind mathematics is my passion, and I look forward to seeing the many "aha" moments in the year to come.

Contact Mrs. DeFrancia


Welcome back to school!  7th graders will be focusing this year on doing things with intention whether it be working, praying, or socializing.

For the month of September, math classes can expect to focus on the following:

  • 6th Math - Surface Area and Volume
  • 7th Math - Scale Drawings
  • 8th Math - Rotations and Transformations
  • Algebra - Expressions and Equations

Faith Formation

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