What have you done after graduating from Bryn Mawr?
After graduating from Bryn Mawr, I attended the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania to earn my teaching credentials through the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Afterwards, I moved to Connecticut and taught 11th grade mathematics in Hartford for one year. I decided to relocate closer to my family; thus, I am currently teaching at a public charter school in Trenton, N.J. Since leaving Hartford, I have taught seventh and eighth grade mathematics and I am currently teaching fourth grade.
How did your math experience at Bryn Mawr prepare you for your current position and life after Bryn Mawr?
Since graduating from Bryn Mawr, I have never stopped using math in my life. What I have learned so far from my career is the connection between topics in mathematics and the critical role in a child’s life that early developed math skills play.
What aspects of the math major did you enjoy or find particularly useful?
During my time at Bryn Mawr, there were math classes that in retrospect I have found to be particularly beneficial, namely Abstract Algebra and Financial Mathematics. Abstract Algebra vividly showed me how a subject that I had assumed was largely completed in high school still had numerous topics yet to be further explored. This was an eye-opening lesson that I always keep in mind as I introduce mathematics to a younger group of students. Through the course on Financial Mathematics I learned that an advanced mathematics subject could be truly applicable to issues of our daily lives, and that, too, is an observation derived from my Bryn Mawr education that I try to convey in my own classroom.
Are there any memories of the Bryn Mawr Math Department that you would like to share with our current students and/or prospective students?
My most cherished memories of the Math Department are the numerous sources of support that I have received from the professors. Without them, I may have never finished majoring in mathematics.
Do you have any advice for current math majors?
My advice for current math majors is to find what you love about math and apply it.