I raise up my voice – not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.

Malala Yousafzai

Philosophy for Teaching

Learning is social; it is an active endeavor in which we learn from our peers, co-construct knowledge, and pursue a deeper but mutual understanding of a mathematical idea. Teaching is political; in any classroom there are elements of agency, power, and privilege, and these are inextricable from our social environments. My philosophy of teaching and learning is one that acknowledges both of these truths. In my classrooms, I strive to embrace a more social justice oriented mathematics, one in which my students reclaim their agency and knowledge in mathematics. In doing so, I am working on rehumanizing my mathematics classrooms to be a space where students come to see themselves as mathematicians, as doers of mathematics, and as valued contributors.

Teaching at Cal Poly Pomona

I have been teaching at Cal Poly Pomona since the fall semester of 2018. The courses I have taught include:

  • MAT 1940: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers: Number Systems
  • MAT 3940: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers: Algebraic and Statistical Reasoning
  • MAT 3950: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers: Geometry
  • MAT 3060: History of Mathematics
  • MAT 4950: Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools I
  • MAT 4960: Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools II
  • MAE 5600: Problem Solving as a Mathematical Endeavor
  • MAE 5910: Research in Mathematics Education

Teaching at the University of Iowa

I taught at the University of Iowa from August 2011 until Spring 2016. The courses I taught as the instructor of record included:

  • EDTL 3142: Geometry and Measurement
  • MATH 1005: College Algebra

The courses I assisted with as a teaching assistant included:

  • EDTL 3142: Geometry and Measurement
  • MATH 1440: Mathematics for the Biological Sciences
  • MATH 1120: Logic of Arithmetic
  • MATH 1380: Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business

Other Teaching

I have also taught in a variety of other capacities, at several points in my career. These include teaching for the University of Iowa Upward Bound program, as well as serving as a research/teaching assistant for mentoring projects. These are noted below:

  • Summer Mathematics Instructor for Bronco Scholars, Summer 2021
  • Upward Bound Instructor: Geometry & Algebra (gr. 9-11)
  • Upward Bound Instructor: Introduction to Knot Theory (gr. 10-12)
  • Upward Bound Instructor: Project-Based Mathematics (gr. 9-12)
  • Project TEAMS Science Summer Camp Mentor (gr. 10)