Mathematics and Computer Science

The Manitou Springs High School Mathematics and Computer Science (M&CS) Department’s motto is “Math Is Life.” We have four experienced teachers who have a combined 53 years experience teaching mathematics and computer science subjects. We have a combined 36 years teaching at MSHS. The M&CS Department offers 10 different math courses including four Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The M&CS Department also offers three different courses including two AP computer science courses. The math core courses consist of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 courses. We also offer four intervention courses.


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Math Tutor Lab: Math Tutor Lab supports all students in math each day during advisory in Room 20 (Mrs. Lee’s room). An upper-level math student serves alongside Mrs. Lee, as a peer tutor, to work with underclassmen. The Math Tutor Lab is a quiet place to get more one-on-one time with a proficient math tutor or teacher and get questions answered and work done.

Academic Year Course Instructors
Pre-Algebra – TBD
Algebra 1/Extended – Steve Blocher, Elizabeth Lee
Geometry/Extended – Reg Hass, Elizabeth Lee
Algebra 2 – Mike Talbott
Algebra 2 Honors – Elizabeth Lee
AP Pre-Calculus – Reg Hass
AP Statistics – Reg Hass
AP Calculus AB/BC – Mike Talbott
Career & Consumer Math – TBD
Introduction to Programming – Steve Blocher
AP Computer Science A/Principles – Steve Blocher

Math Teachers:
Steven Blocher - Steven has been teaching Computer Science and Mathematics at Manitou Springs High School since 2010. Prior to MSHS, Steven was a Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin and served five years in the US Navy as an Aviation Electrician and Electronic Warfare Officer. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Computer Science in 2008. Steven is married to his longtime girlfriend of 26 years and they enjoy playing video games and grilling/smoking carnivorous concoctions on the weekends.

Elizabeth Lee - has taught secondary mathematics for eleven years. She attended college at UCCS and received a BS in Applied Mathematics, with an emphasis in Electrical Engineering. She worked in radio, TV, and utility metering while raising her four children in Manitou Springs. She returned to school in 2012 to complete her teaching certification at CSU Pueblo and fulfill a lifelong dream of helping students find success in mathematics. She has been an active community member in Manitou Springs for over 25 years volunteering with the MAT, Concrete Couch, and the MS Garden Club. Ms. Lee also enjoys hiking, learning the piano, and spending time with family, especially her four grandchildren.

Reginald Hass – Reginald has been teaching since the 2009 school year. He spent four years teaching at both the high school and middle school levels. He has been teaching at Manitou Springs High School since the 2013 school year. He received his bachelor’s at Eastern Washington University and his masters ay University of Texas at Arlington. In his time at MSHS, he has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Honors, Elementary Statistics, and AP Statistics. Outside of school, he works in SAT and ACT preparation courses as well as learning and teaching karate classes.

Mike Talbott - Mike started teaching at MSHS in 2014 after retiring from the Army with 30 years of service. He received his Electrical Engineering degree at the US Military Academy, his Masters in Systems Engineering degree at Case Western Reserve University, and his Masters in Strategic Leadership at the US Army War College. He has been married to his wife Navarre since 1980 and they have three children and five grandchildren. Mike spends his spare time traveling, visiting major league baseball parks, and hiking.