Jessica Bolz, Upper School Math

"Our girls love to be active and involved in the classroom, and they make teaching a lot of fun."

What do you like the most about teaching at Bryn Mawr?

The girls. They are so excited to be learning, across the board. Our girls love to be active and involved in the classroom, and they make teaching a lot of fun.

What is your teaching philosophy?

In math, it is easy to get caught up in the specific skills. However, what I want to stick with them after they leave this class is the ability to problem solve. I often have the girls work in groups on problems that require a lot of analysis and explanation. Math teaches your brain to think a certain way, and I want them to understand that these are transferable skills.

How has your Teach for America experience impacted your work at Bryn Mawr?

While I was doing TFA, I was also completing my master’s degree through Hopkins as part of their joint teaching program. We talked a lot about what makes a great teacher—things like engaging, meaningful lessons and a classroom management system. This really helped me set up a classroom where learning is the number one priority and there is a culture of collaboration and support.
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Located in Baltimore, Maryland, The Bryn Mawr School is a private all-girls kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school with a coed preschool for ages 2 months through 5 years. Bryn Mawr provides students with exceptional educational opportunities on a beautiful 26-acre campus within the city limits. Inquisitive girls, excellent teaching, strong student-teacher relationships and a clear mission sustain our vibrant school community where girls always come first.