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"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Educational Philosophy:

People often think of Mathematics as a science. A strange, frightening-looking series of numbers and symbols meant only for the mental elite.

I like to think of mathematics as not just a science; but a language. It has syntax, it has vocabulary, it even has localized "accents" and "styles" that differ from country to country.

It is the most basic of languages, whose sole purpose is to narrate the very things that occur all around us. No one can argue against the idea that one stick, placed by another stick, gives you two sticks. No one can argue against the idea of a straight line having a direction. No one can argue against the idea that a curved line also has a direction that merely changes over time.

And if you thought "Wait a minute, can't straight lines be viewed as having two different, opposing directions?", then mathematics potentially has become more than just a simple language to you. It's observing what is (in this case, a line) and symbolizing its direction in a uniform way (in this case, a slope) that we can all agree upon.

Most, if not all of us, are already capable of communicating with at least one, or even more languages. We can all accomplish this once more but learning the language of mathematics.

The roots of mathematics are often bitter to the taste. But its fruits are sweet and plentiful.

What I value most about ERHS:

The school itself! It's the school I attended as a student!

About Me:

After graduating from Eagle Rock, I went off to obtain a degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Philosophy at Clark University in Massachusetts. Although I loved my 4 years out in the east coast, my old friends and family drew me back to California after college. I enrolled in the LAUSD District Intern program where I obtained my Secondary Education Clear Credential and have worked in the district ever since.

Pictured is myself with my amazing wife (and fellow teacher) during one of our trips to Alaska.


College Degree/Major Year
Clark University Mathematics, Computer Science 2007