8th Grade Algebra
What is your background and education?
I received my Master’s in Secondary Math Education at St. John’s University. Although I wanted to be a teacher since I was a child, I also have a passion for making art. I received a Bachelor’s in Studio Arts at the College of Charleston. As a middle school math teacher, I am driven to bridge the skills of problem solving and critiquing used in the discipline of art to inform the way we approach finding solutions in mathematics.
How long have you been teaching?
This is my fourth year of teaching. I taught one year of high school algebra and statistics in Queens, two years of 8th grade math in the Bronx, and am currently teaching 8th grade algebra in Brooklyn, where I hope to stay.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
My favorite part of teaching is getting the chance to profoundly impact someone’s life and also that I am constantly challenged to grow. I believe education has the power to liberate and progress us from circumstances we feel captive by. I enjoy using teaching as a platform to motivate students to create their own opportunities in life and overcome their limitations. Teaching forces me to be humble, to reflect on what went wrong, and grow from my mistakes daily. I am pushed to be a better person as I hope that every year the thumbprint that I leave on my students’ work habits or character is a positive one.
What do you like to do outside of school?
Outside of school I like to do anything that is active, including going to the gym, riding my bike, bouldering, or going hiking. I also love going to Broadway shows, trying new restaurants, and taking my dog to the park. Some of my favorite hobbies are singing and playing the guitar, painting/drawing, and cooking for my friends.