This is part of a continuing series of Q&A interviews with the people of Lake View and Amundsen high schools.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your career so far?
- What college did you attend? University of Michigan
- What did you study? Mathematics and Philosophy
- Why did you choose teaching? Love of Mathematics and working with students.
Q: What classes do you teach at Lake View?
A: Sophomore Geometry
Q: Do you sponsor or coach any clubs or sports? If so, please share a recent highlight.
A: I sponsor the Lake View Math Team, which competes against schools across the city in monthly math competitions. We have a team of extremely bright students that love learning about advanced math topics. Our Geometry team is currently ranked 2nd place out of 19 in our division.
Q: How do you see your students' high school experiences as similar to or different from your own?
A: I think the largest difference is size. I was in a much smaller high school and as a result didn't have access to as many amazing teachers, after school clubs or sports. Lake View has so much to offer students that it can be hard to keep track of everything!
Q: What do you like best about teaching at Lake View?
A: I love that I get a chance to work with an awesome group of students that come from all over the city.
Q: What are Lake View's greatest strengths?
A: I would have to say that our dedicated staff and our amazing students are our greatest strengths. Staff members push themselves everyday to bring top notch lessons to our students and are constantly seeking out learning opportunities and resources to enrich their classrooms. Every day I find myself learning new things from colleagues about how to best approach a new lesson or how to improve an instructional practice of mine.
Q: Can you describe one particularly great moment you've had as a teacher at Lake View?
A: I have many fond memories of teaching at Lake View, but it always makes me most proud when students return to Lake View after graduating to share their amazing accomplishments. Just the other day, a student visited who will be graduating this spring with an engineering degree from U of I. It was awesome to hear that he went on to use the Math he learned at Lake View to find his passion.
Q: What advice would you give to students just choosing Lake View? How can they get the most out of their high school years there?
A: Reach out to your teachers if you need any help. They are here to help you learn and grow. Never be afraid to ask a question when you need extra help.
Get involved in a club or a sport! There are a ton of great opportunities at Lake View that will help you grow as an individual, meet new friends and become part of the Lake View community.
Stay on top of your work! The transition to high school can be difficult with so much new stuff; keep up to date on your work so you don't get overwhelmed!