Elaine Trakas

Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1A


  • MS Chess Club
  • 8th Grade Yearbook Club
  • MS Model UN
  • MS Math Competition Team


  • MA in Teaching in Middle Level Education with Certification in Math, Clemson University
  • BS with a Major in Finance, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA


  • SC Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • South Carolina Education Association
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society


  • CPR (2018)

Previous Work Experience:

  • Owner, The Perfect Window (home decorating)
  • Marketing Manager, Greenville National Bank

I began teaching in 2012
I began at SJCS in 2012

Cooking, Baking, Sewing/Quilting, Reading, Crossword puzzles

Favorite Quotes:
“Lord, grant that I may always bear in mind the very great dignity of my vocation, and all its responsibilities. Never let me dishonor it by being cold, or unkind, or impatient.” — Mother Teresa

“Success is not a doorway, it’s a staircase.” — Dottie Walters

“This above all, to thine own self be true.” — William Shakespeare

“Life is what we make it; always has been, always will be.” — Grandma Moses

An interesting fact I would like to tell SJCS parents & students:
It is an honor to be teaching at St. Joseph’s! Most students who don’t like math are either afraid of it or haven’t had a good foundation. My goal is to take the fear out and show my students that they are good at math because there are many ways to be good at math.

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