Teaching mathematics at Lowell High School since 2004, SFUSD since 1989. Went to Berkeley originally as a Math major, switched to Psychology after meeting Lew Abrams, a brilliant guy with big ideas and lots of energy to put them into practice. Lew eventually got his Phd in Psychology. I developing a lifelong friendship with Lew, who convinced me that I could get my degree in Math later but that I'd never have another opportunity to understand why some students have difficulty learning mathematics. From the very beginning I told the recruiter at Berkeley that I my life dream was "to become the math teacher I never had but wished I had." One that was devoted to helping those with confidence issues to develop their potential in math. I spent my life in school helping other students in my classes, interpreting what the teacher was trying to teach. I was always saying under my breath while class was going on, "why didn't the teacher just say it like such-and-such. It would have been so much easier for the other students to understand. I got into trouble raising my hand and reinterpreting for the rest of the class. Not just in math, but in most classes. In any case, I became that teacher. UC helped me get there, and I'm still learning how to reach the pinnacle, still a lifelong learner in the field of mathematics education. I am coming up on my 25th year teaching, and it has been a blast the whole time. I still love it, and I'll still love it after I retire. So in a sense, I will never really 'retire' from teaching. Today, I still have extensive contact with my students from years ago. Some are almost 40 and have families. They are my extended families, and I bump into them all the time in the Bay Area, and sometimes around the country.
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