About Math for America
At MƒA, we’ve created fellowships for accomplished mathematics and science teachers. Our model is based on the belief that collaboration, continued learning, and genuine respect enables teachers to grow professionally and provides long-term career satisfaction. This is a remarkable community of teachers who stay in the profession longer and define what teaching excellence means. These are teachers who inspire and motivate their colleagues. They change the lives of their students. Learn more at MathForAmerica.org.
About the show
This show will be hosted by The Story Collider's Erin Barker and Nisse Greenberg, with stories by:
Matt Baker is a high school math teacher at The Brooklyn Latin School in Brooklyn, NY. After getting his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University, he taught English in Japan for two years and then pretended to use his degree in the private sector for several more. Finally he figured out he should be back in the classroom, so he applied for and received a Math for America fellowship, moved to New York City, and got his Masters of Secondary Math Education. He is currently an MƒA Master Teacher and a Desmos Teaching Fellow, and is very active in the math teacher Twitter community with the handle @stoodle.
Brittany Beck is a Biology, Health, and Writing educator at the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Brittany is a ninth grade team lead and lives for the running of many student organizations including Women in Science Club, Spirit Squad, and Senior Mentors, a large group of senior students who help guide the younger students in the building. You can follow Brittany on twitter at @brittanbeck to see her sing, dance, and be genuinely excited about science, education, and politics. Brittany has been a Math for America Master Teacher since 2015.
Sage Forbes-Gray has been an educator for 15 years teaching middle school pre-algebra, high school algebra and English as a second language in Spain to a variety of ages. Sage is the Restorative Justice Coordinator at her school, supporting students and staff in resolving conflict and building community. She is currently in her third fellowship as a Math for America Master Teacher and has been an active community member for the past 9 years. In her free time, she and her spouse, Amber, can be found running, biking, or exploring the world near and far with their kids, Dante, 6, and Elio, 3.
Giselle George-Gilkes is originally from the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica. She’s been the 8th grade Math teacher, at East Side Community High School, since 2005. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a BS in Mathematics and from NYU with an MA in Mathematics Education. She loves mathematics and tries her best to help each student who walks through my door, either fall in love with it or gain a deeper appreciation of it. She is currently in her third fellowship as a Math for America Master Teacher, where she gets to work with an amazing group of educators, from whom she has learned a lot as she's grown as an educator.
Patrick Honner is an award-winning mathematics teacher who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He has taught everything from introductory algebra to multivariable calculus, and currently teaches calculus, linear algebra, and mathematical computing at Brooklyn Technical High School, where he also serves as instructional coach. Patrick is in his fourth Math for America Master Teacher Fellowship; he is a New York State Master Teacher; a Sloan award winner; and a Rosenthal Prize honoree. And in 2013 he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Patrick writes about math and teaching for Quanta Magazine, the New York Times, and on his blog.
A former researcher and writer, Anoopa Singh felt her enthusiasm for science’s role in the world around us was better suited for the high school classroom. As a child, she never missed an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy or The Magic School Bus, shows whose characters seemed to always explain the inexplicable with both science knowledge and candor. As an adult, she never misses an opportunity to enlighten others about life’s mysteries according to science. Anoopa is a two-time graduate of CUNY Hunter College and holds degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Education and is devoted to developing as both a scientist and a teacher. She is a Math for America Early Career Teacher and proudly teaches Chemistry and AP Chemistry at her alma mater, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics.