HSLDA Online Academy | Algebra 2

Algebra 2

Master Teacher:  Angela Ellis

Angela Ellis

Master Teacher

Angela Ellis

MA, George Mason University
BA, George Mason University

Angela Ellis earned a bachelor’s in mathematics and a master’s in education from George Mason University. She has twenty years of experience teaching secondary math courses from pre-algebra through pre-calculus. Mrs. Ellis has taught math classes at a local school, on online programs, and as a homeschooling mother. She enjoys meeting the challenges that are unique to each learning environment.

Angela currently lives in Loudoun County, Virginia, with her husband and three very active boys. She has a passion for finding mathematics everywhere and for sharing her enthusiasm with anyone who will listen. As Galileo so wisely noted, "Mathematics is the alphabet with which God wrote the universe." Angela holds that little nugget of wisdom to be a profound influence behind her teaching and her own love of learning and loves nothing more than to help other people see just how true that statement proves to be.

Angela is the Course Developer and Master Teacher of the Academy’s Geometry course, as well as the Master Teacher for Algebra 2. Prior to her work in these courses, she taught Algebra 1 for the Academy to become familiar with our math program as a whole. This is her third year teaching for the Academy.


Classroom Teacher:  Daniel O'Connor

Daniel O'ConnorClassroom Teacher

Daniel O'Connor

MA, Holy Apostles College & Seminary
BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Daniel O'Connor earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and his master's degree in philosophical theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He worked in the corporate engineering industry before moving on to non-profit charitable work, helping to found and run the John Bosco House for homeless young men.

Daniel has been honored to teach high school students in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and SAT preparation. He also teaches philosophy at the college level. He has been teaching online for over four years and comes highly recommended by his students for his ability to engage and explain in the online environment.

He currently lives in Albany, NY, with his wife and two children. In his free time, Daniel enjoys engineering work for his own hobby innovation company, renovating his 100-year-old fixer-upper home, and, above all, spending time in prayer.

This is Daniel’s second year teaching Geometry and Algebra 2 for the Academy.

Classroom Teacher:  Stacy Carpenter

Stacy CarpenterClassroom Teacher

Stacy Carpenter

MS, Colorado State University
BS, Louisiana State University

Stacy Carpenter holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and Latin from Louisiana State University, and a master's degree in mathematics from Colorado State University. She has over 8 years of experience as a mathematics tutor and has also taught algebra, trigonometry, and calculus classes for several universities. This past year she expanded her tutoring business to include online clients, and has found tutoring online very rewarding. Of all the subjects she has taught as an instructor and a tutor, Algebra II and trigonometry are her favorites.

Stacy's other professional experience includes working as a research scientist using mathematical models to predict physical effects in the real world.

Stacy has been married to her sweetheart, Jeff, for 22 years.  She feels privileged to be able to educate their 7 young blessings at home.  Last summer the Carpenters gave up life in the suburbs and moved to a small farm in her home state of Louisiana. While working, educating her children, and learning to grow vegetables takes up most of her time, Stacy also loves to photograph people, experiment with healthy food choices for her family, play percussion instruments, and visit with friends.

This is Stacy’s second year teaching for the Academy.

Classroom Teacher:  Laura Priano

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Laura Priano

BS, Geneva College

Laura Priano earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Geneva College. Since then, she has taught in a variety of settings, including a Christian school, a cyber charter school, and a homeschool group. In addition, she has tutored numerous individuals. Each experience has stretched her and made her a better guide for students learning mathematics.

Laura loves the way our Creator has fashioned and formed the universe to declare His glory. Mathematics is a tremendous example of the way He has fit it all together perfectly, and algebra is one of her favorite ways to explore His masterpiece. Even when she stepped away from teaching in school to homeschool her own children, she has found herself jumping at opportunities to help friends and family members with math problems. She is thrilled to be teaching at the Academy.

Laura lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and four energetic children. She is a faithful baseball and hockey fan. In their 10+ years of marriage, she and her husband have enjoyed traveling throughout the United States to visit ballparks (sometimes accompanied by the children). When she has a spare moment, she also loves to read, sing, and sew. She and her husband are also very active in their home church.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Tuition: $495 for HSLDA Members/$545 for non-HSLDA Members. 

Description: Algebra 2 is a course that builds on the concepts covered in Algebra 1 and introduces new topics that will give students the necessary skills to take higher-level classes in mathematics. Algebra 2 provides the mathematical foundation for many academic careers and applies to a multitude of professions. Professions such as architects, engineers, scientists, and business owners require strong Algebra 2 skills. Within the framework of a biblical worldview, students in this course will discover mathematical concepts that God has created in His universe. It is critical that students master the skills presented in Algebra 2 in order to be successful in future math courses such as Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry and AP® Calculus AB.

Algebra 2 — Live Online Class Session Schedule, 2017–18

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Closed – Section is Full  
Mondays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Stacy Carpenter 
Section 2
Closed – Section is Full
Mondays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Daniel O'Connor 

Section 3
Closed – Section is Full
Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Laura Priano 
Section 4
Closed – Section is Full
Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Angela Ellis
Students will be allowed to change class sections free of charge until the start date of the course, as class size permits.  If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290.

Frequently Asked Questions about Algebra 2

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  • What topics will I learn about in Algebra 2?

    Algebra is the language that describes functional relationships in God’s universe. For example, the speed of a satellite is a function of the diameter of its orbit. Each unit in Algebra 2 will present such an interesting real-world application. Students will learn how algebra can be used to analyze data and solve problems, all within a Christian worldview. Algebra reflects the orderliness of God and helps us to discover the regularity in His created universe.

    Topics include:

    • Mathematical concepts including number systems, operations, and functions.
    • How to create matrices from data and perform matrix operations.
    • How to solve quadratic equations and polynomial functions.
    • The relationship between radicals and fractional exponents.
    • How to convert between exponential and logarithmic equations.
    • How to solve and graph rational expressions.
    • The basics of probability and statistics.
  • Am I ready to take Algebra 2?

    Students entering Algebra 2 should have successfully completed Algebra 1. Students should have a firm foundation in the following concepts from Algebra 1: solving multi-step equations, solving inequalities, factoring, exponent rules, solving quadratic equations, graphing linear equations, graphing quadratic equations, graphing two-variable inequalities, and solving polynomials. 

    If a student is to be successful in this course, it is important that they have strong time management skills, higher-level thinking skills and good note-taking skills.

    Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with the listed Algebra 2 class time?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Algebra 2?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What is the tuition for Algebra 2?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on yearlong high school courses!