This year, I will be teaching sixth, seventh and eighth grade mathematics and a new course for St. Rita during the zero hour (Geometry). I look forward to the beginning of the school year, and especially to helping students appreciate the beauty and creativity of mathematics. I delight in showing students new ways to approach traditional topics, and helping students become more adept at problem solving and learning to think outside of the box.
I received my B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Mathematics, from Claremont McKenna College and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses in political science and high school and middle school courses in mathematics.. As an undergraduate, I received the Jaeger Mathematics Prize, awarded annually to the best student in the second year of calculus, and upon graduation from Harvard I was awarded the Toppan Dissertation Prize. I enjoy preparing students for mathematics competitions, and for many years now I have been one of four people in Texas to conduct workshops for the Texas Society of Professional Engineers to teach other math club coaches how to prepare their students for the chapter, state and national MathCounts competitions. For the last twenty years, I have taught middle school mathematics, tutored students in upper school mathematics and have coached champion math and quiz bowl teams. I am eager to make your acquaintance, and share my passion for mathematics with my students.
My wife and I have two grown children, and we were excited to become grandparents for the first time last October. I enjoy spending time with my family, attending weekly synagogue services, cooking and baking, yoga, jogging and celebrating Pi Day with my students.