Middle School 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



Hello mathematicians, my name is Mary DeFrancia. I am simply overjoyed to become a part of the Holy Cross community. 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.  While this is my eighth year teaching middle school math, this is my first year at Holy Cross!

I've spent the last 7 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.

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