Kris Porazzi Sorrells
Kris Porazzi Sorrells earned her MA in Mathematics (1998) from Wake Forest University and her BS in Mathematics from Salem College (1996), where she also received the Elisabeth Oesterlein Award. Having graduated from Salem College with first-hand experience in the world single-sex education, Kris is passionate about Salem Academy’s mission to educate and prepare young ladies not only for college but also for their future. During her time at the Academy, Kris has taught Algebra Two through Calculus Three. Calculus is Kris’s math passion. Since 2010, she has participated at the AP Calculus Reading as a Reader, Table Leader, or Early Table Leader. Additionally, she was a member of the AP Calculus Instructional Design Team.
Kris began Salem Academy’s Robotics program through the FIRST Inspires program. Salem’s robotics program consists of two FIRST Tech Challenge Teams: #7444 Sisters of the Motherboard and #15333 Code Sisters. The teams regularly participate in FTC competitions at the state level and in 2017 at the World level. Sisters of the Motherboard and Code Sisters are two of less than 30 all-female FTC robotics teams in the United States.
Kris is very active in professional circles through her memberships in the Mathematics Association of America (MAA), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) as well as the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM). Kris has led workshops on learning mathematics through art, particularly Calculator Art, and technology use in the STEM classroom for various high schools as well as at multiple conferences.
Her daughter Breanna A’18 is in graduate school at the University of Florida and her son Matthew is a senior at Christ School, an all-male boarding school, in Asheville, NC. In her spare time, Kris likes to hike, spend time outdoors, crochet, knit, and cross stitch.