I started this blog to catalog some of the interesting examples of real life 9-12 level Math that I’ve uncovered on my own, and shared with my students. Authentic stuff you’ll never find on a “drill and kill” state exam. I’ve also posted some of my no-nonsense academic strategies & advice.
As a constant lifelong learner, I felt this was also a nice opportunity to learn WordPress, in earnest. Since the only way to truly understand anything is by doing (repeatedly), this blog is my working prototype.
About me and the path that led here? Math was always my favorite subject, and my first experience programming computers was in middle school. (Yes, that’s an analog cassette tape for data storage)
So, I decided to double major in college. At Colgate, these disciplines spared no rigor, and really pushed me to my intellectual limits.
I finished college soon after turning 21, and, believe me, I couldn’t wait to leave school behind and get into the real world. For the next decade, I wrote software for variety of large companies.
Here, I took my learning skills to a whole new level: I devoured countless journals and textbooks, took reams of notes, and obsessively expanded my skills. I dove deep into my craft, and this work ethic led to new opportunities and rewards. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Eventually, I was ready to tackle new challenges and take on a different role in society. I chose to teach as my next career, where I could positively impact students with my passion for constant learning and higher critical thinking.
2012-2013 will be my 11th year teaching Algebra2/Trig, Pre-Calculus, Computer Programming, and/or Statistics at Somers High School in Westchester County, NY.