January 19, 2021
Michael is a sophomore, majoring in secondary education with a concentration in mathematics.
Why did you choose KU?
I chose Kutztown University because both my sister and dad attended college here. My sister majored in Special Education, and I was inspired to get the same education as her. I also live about twenty minutes from campus; therefore, it is not a long drive to see my family.
What made you decide on secondary Ed/math as your major?
When I was in high school, I had all fantastic teachers except for one. In this class, I helped many peers out due to the lack of quality in the teacher’s instruction. This is where I experienced the importance of teaching and motivated me to become a teacher. I selected math as my specialization because math has so much importance in everyday life. The next generation must understand all of the different applications of math there are. I wanted to be a part of that process, of teaching students the necessary skills so they can be fascinated by this fantastic subject, just like me.
What excites you about becoming a teacher?
There is this moment where the information naturally clicks for a student. I have experience this feeling all the time. It occurs when there is a vast amount of information in a lecture, and all of a sudden, everything fits together. I am excited to be the teacher in that situation. To see a student finally understand the concept because of your teaching.
You’re also into theatre, what do you like about performing in and watching productions?
I like plays and musical theatre because of the inclusive atmosphere that it brings. The cast of a show has a specific bond that is so special. I have gained the most important relationships in my life because of theatre. That is why I am incredibly thankful for this beautiful art.
How do you kind of combine the two in your everyday life (theatre and being a teacher)?
The way that I view teaching is putting on a show for my students every day. I am so excited to stand in front of my students (my audience) and teach them the importance of math with the same amount of energy I used during a live musical. Hopefully, this will motivate my students to pay attention in class and actively participate.