Dave Alexander, Upper School Math
"Many years down the road, my students may or may not remember all of the math that they learned at Bryn Mawr, but I hope that they will remember that they were listened to and respected."
What do you like the most about teaching at Bryn Mawr?
The best thing about teaching at Bryn Mawr is, of course, the students. They love to learn and are a lot of fun to be around. I have taught at all-girls schools for my entire career and believe strongly in our school’s mission of providing girls a rigorous and well-rounded education in a nurturing environment. It is also important to me to teach at a school that embraces and celebrates the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I strive to create a classroom atmosphere in which every student feels comfortable and respected. It is important for teachers to realize that students learn in a variety of ways, and it is our responsibility and challenge to be patient and flexible enough to bring out the best in every student. I try to do this by being prepared for every class and by being clear about my expectations, while at the same time being willing to listen to their feedback. Many years down the road, my students may or may not remember all of the math that they learned at Bryn Mawr, but I hope that they will remember that they were listened to and respected.