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Roberto Stone

Ashley Magee, math teacher

Q: Why did you choose to come to GCAA?

A: I’m into arts, and it’s [GCAA is] not too far from where I live, and I just moved here about two months ago, and I started applying for jobs, and this school needed a math teacher.

Q: Where were you before this?

A: New York City.

Q: What were you doing in New York before this?

A: I was teaching!

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Hunter College, and City College, of New York.

Q: What is your major in?

A: At Hunter College, I majored in creative writing, English language art, and in City College it was Mathematical Education.

Q: What are your long-term goals with your students?

A: Well, one of my main goals is to have all of my students enjoy learning math – a lot of my students come in saying they hate math…it’s one of the most difficult subjects, and I want them to leave enjoying learning about it.

Q: What are you looking forward to at GCAA?

A: Definitely the arts. I’m curious to see how the students’ creativity is implemented in their work, [I’m] interested in seeing how they think – since students are creative they might think a little bit differently than other students. I’m looking forward to seeing my students succeed – that’s what I really want.

Q: When was the last time you felt real passion in your work?

A: Every day, I get to teach these kids. They bring joy to me and getting to see them grow and learn with math brings me passion.

Q: Do you do more listening or talking?

A: Well, since I’m a teacher I do more talking to, and with, the students – but I do give them a chance to talk and even though it is math [I] let them speak and answer questions.

Q: If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about any one thing about yourself, life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know, and why?

A: How this teaching thing is going to work out for me and helping my students-if it is a thing that I will continue to love for a long time or will my view and opinion change.

 

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