What do you hope for your students to come out of your class being able to do?
For me, it is for a student to feel that she can improve in math – that she has that ability and that it is manageable. I tell this story on the first day of class: a few years ago I had a student who really struggled in math, but she was an unbelievable singer. When she came to see me one day I had the radio on and she started singing. I said, “I wish I could sing like that!” And she said, “You could – you just have to get a good teacher, put in time, be dedicated and be willing to listen to criticism and adjust.” I looked at her and said, “That’s how I feel about math!”
I tell that story and then I ask my students, “What are you so good at that you could teach me, and how did you get to be good at it?” They always say the exact skills that I want them to apply in math class.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of teaching?
I love to run, swim, read, and I’m a big fan of baseball in general (and especially the Boston Red Sox).
Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry?
Chocolate, hands down!