About Me

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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.

The views expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect those of my employer.

4 Comments on About Me

  1. Victoria Stamm
    March 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi! I found your blog from the BlogHer March challenge. I like it! I, too, am an instructor. I teach at the university level. I am an English instructor and teach all thing English, Literature, Business/Technical writing, etc. I love it! I’m getting my PhD in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design and Online Learning. Just wanted to stop by and say Hi and that I really like your blog. Keep up the good work! 🙂 Victoria

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    • Kristina
      March 7, 2014 at 9:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks for the comment! Going to hop on over to yours 🙂

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      • Victoria Stamm
        March 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm (3 years ago)

        Sorry for the double post! Silly Blogher! 🙂 Glad you popped over to mine and left me a comment! I was SO excited to receive it! 🙂

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  2. Victoria Stamm
    March 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi!
    I found your blog through the BlogHer monthly challenge. I enjoy reading it. I’m a teacher too. I teach all things English at the college/university level. I’m also getting my PhD in Education and writing my dissertation. So this blog writing is a good outlet for my brain to have some creativity! 🙂 My sister lived in Boston for a year and just moved back to Iowa in May of last year because she got engaged. She was going to Emmeson to get her MFA. I was there for the second time helping her move in August of 2012. I love Beantown! Keep up the good work!
    Victoria 🙂

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