This is my eighth year teaching math and four year as IB coordinator at Josiah Quincy Upper School in Boston, MA. I grew up in Arlington, Virginia and attended the University of Virginia. I received my B.S. and M.S. in systems engineering, then worked as a consultant for almost four years in Washington, D.C. I realized that I was happier doing education-related volunteer work (teaching ESL to adult immigrants, leading a Girl Scout troop, and tutoring) than doing consulting, so I decided to become a high school math teacher.
I received my Ed.M. from Harvard in 2008 and began teaching at JQUS shortly after. Now that I live in the Boston area, I love the Red Sox but still won’t give up my loyalty to the Redskins in favor of the Patriots. In my spare time, I run with the Cambridge Running Club and coach the JQUS Running Club. I also enjoy cooking, traveling, barre, yoga, spin, and hiking.
Math can be elegant and interesting, or as Cady Heron said in the movie Mean Girls, “it’s the same in every country.” However, I disliked it when I started high school–feeling confused in class, struggling on homework, and staring blankly at tests made me think I could never be good at math. In elementary and middle school, math had felt so much easier–the additional challenges of high school become overwhelming. Luckily, patient teachers and a tutor helped me study more effectively, get organized, and work through problems without rushing. Over time, I grew to like math and eventually its application to engineering. My liking of the subject matter has since turned to a love for helping my students succeed through it, and I look forward to continuing to do so in the JQUS community.
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