Math Department to Host Alumni Panel on Careers in Math Education
October 14, 2009
By Caitlin Lavin
Contact: Sally Cockburn 315-859-4805
The Mathematics department will host a panel discussion featuring three recent graduates who are currently employed in the field of math education on Friday, November 6. The panel will include Stephanie Hedges '96 of Greenwich Academy, Pete Huszagh '03 of the STAR Academy at Riverhead High School, and Tim Evans '05 of NYC Lab Middle School.
Hedges is a math teacher, coach, and the director of community service at Greenwich Academy, a private secondary school for girls in Connecticut. She graduated from Hamilton with degrees in art and mathematics and played field hockey and lacrosse while on the Hill.
Huszagh is a teacher facilitator and math teacher with the STAR Academy, a small public program aimed at students who have trouble succeeding in conventional classroom environments. STAR Academy is part of the Riverhead High School in Long Island. He graduated in 2003 with a degree in mathematics.
Evans is a math teacher with the NYC Lab Middle School for Collaborative Studies in Manhattan, a highly selective public institution. He graduated with degrees in chemistry and mathematics and ran for both the cross country and track teams. He is also a Newton fellow with Math for America, an institution that funds graduate school in exchange for a commitment to teach in an urban public school for four years.
The panel discussion will address topics such as the workload of a teacher, applying for public and private jobs, interactions with students, differences in public and private education, what the current demand for math teachers is, and what summer opportunities undergraduates interested in teaching can pursue. Each panelist will speak for 15 minutes about his or her specific experience followed by a question and answer session. Although all three panelists are math teachers, their experiences in the education field will provide valuable insight for anyone interested in teaching.