**WHERE I AM & WHAT I DO**

I am a high school math teacher at a pretty awesome independent school in Brooklyn, New York. I enjoy getting students excited about math by being math’s loudest and most passionate cheerleader. Throughout my time in the classroom, I have taught Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Calculus, and Multivariable Calculus.

**MY EDUCATIONAL TRAJECTORY**

The nutshell version follows. I went to one year of high school in Illinois, followed by three years in New Jersey. Both were public schools. I attended MIT for my undergrad education where I got two SB degrees: one in Mathematics, one in an interdisciplinary field called Science, Technology, and Society. I also got certified to teach high school mathematics in Massachusetts. After college, I went to grad school at UCLA where I got a MA in the History of Science.

Then it was to New York to teach math!

Okay, okay, I know it probably comes across like a frenetic trajectory of someone who never learned to settle down. But in all honesty, everything was always centered around teaching. (My senior year at MIT, I got certified to teach high school math in Massachusetts, because that was my ultimate goal. And my research at UCLA focused on science education in the United States from around 1870-1910.) I have a bunch of intellectual interests, but the common denominator is that I love to learn, and I love to get others excited about learning too.

**MY FIRST PERSONAL STATEMENT**

If you want to read my very first personal statement about why I wanted to teach, that I gave to every school I applied to, here it is. Raw and honest, and a bit naive, it shows how I ended up in the classroom.