I currently teach at the Hangzhou International School, currently serving 300 students K-12 from around the world. My courses include Advanced Algebra/Algebra 2, Geometry, Calculus AB, Physics, and a robotics elective for both middle and high school students. Our school participates in both the FIRST Tech Challenge program and the FIRST LEGO League programs.
I taught biology at the KIPP NYC College Prep High school during the 2009-2010 school year. From 2003 to 2009 I taught Integrated Algebra, Math A, an engineering elective, and AP Physics B at Herbert H. Lehman High School, a public high school serving 4,000 students in the Bronx, NY.
I attended a Montessori school through sixth grade before moving to a more traditional program until I graduated from high school. I majored in Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University in Medford, MA, before beginning my teaching career through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program.
The net result of my different experiences teaching and learning is this single inconclusive discovery: there are so many different ways to learn, different environments, and different pathways students can take to reach many different ends. There is no one silver bullet – no program, no school structure, no curriculum that will work for every student. What is consistently important, however, is the need to help students develop into independent learners, feel comfortable making mistakes and with honest feedback, and work like crazy to find and do work that is meaningful. This pursuit is where my attention is directed every time I sit down to plan my classes, and it is an incredibly rewarding way to spend my time.