After 25+ years in high-tech (wireless and GPS mostly), I am embarking on a second career to which I feel a calling: teaching. Something called to me for many, many years but I was never tuned in enough to figure out what. Now, I know. It’s teaching high school students how to make the most of themselves in life as capable, competent citizens, full of self-esteem and self-confidence tempered by some humility and empathy for those who have less, and eager to serve their nation and this world in their life, whatever career path they choose. While the subject I will teach is mathematics, it is simply the conduit for my wish to impart to students, of all socioeconomic backgrounds: knowledge, the ability to think independently and in groups, the confidence to make mistakes and fail while pulling oneself up so as to never give up entirely, the wisdom to seek help, and the desire to do your best.
Now, as for why math? My experiences in life struggling with math, overcoming it, successfully applying it in various technical and business fields, and now, as a teacher, looking at it as an art, in addition to my experiences of math as a science (or a set of tools for use in solving problems), provide me with a range of knowledge, applications and techniques to help the most challenged in math to the most gifted (to a point…). I am passionate about delivering an equitable and accessible math curriculum and instruction, taking into account other pedagogical, special needs and English language learner considerations, so I can be a math teacher for all students: rich or poor, self-confident or self-conscious, struggling or excelling, excited or bored, math hater or -lover, English conversant or not.
NB: I purposely use pseudonyms for students, teachers, administrators, colleagues, myself, etcetera, as well as the locations at which I interact with these folks to keep my postings anonymous. I respect their privacy and need for anonymity. At the same time, my experiences with these individuals and institutions are the raw material for my reflections on how to become a better educational professional, so I incorporate real-world situations into my postings. Please respect this anonymity, especially if you know me, where I teach, etcetera. Thanks!