Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT)
Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics 5-12, January 2016
- Example of Excellence Award for Pre-Clinical Experiences, June 2015
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Bachelor of Science, International Affairs and Modern Language (Japanese), May 2008
- National Merit Scholarship recipient, 2004 - 2008.
- Violist in Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra, 2004 - 2006. Arranged an electronica version of Vivaldi's "Summer", 3rd Movement, from the Four Seasons, to be played in conjunction with the string orchestra and electric solo violinist.
- Participant in Leaders in Business and Technology (LBAT) program, 2007. Studied for 6 weeks in Japan - 3 weeks at Fukuoka University (福岡大学), 3 weeks at Tokyo Institute of Technology (東京工業大学).
- Member of Phi Kappa Theta.
Atlanta Jewish Academy
Full-Time Teacher (August 2014 - Present)I am teaching the following classes for the 2016-2017 school year:
- Informal Geometry
- Honors Physics
- AP Calculus AB + BC
- Honors Precalculus
- Algebra II
- Discrete Mathematics and Python
Previously taught courses:
- Physics I (now called Quantitative Science)
- Intro to Programming with Python
- Discrete Mathematics
- Special Topics in Mathematics
GRE Math Subject Test Tutor
(June 2015 - Present)
Tutor students in preparation for the GRE Math Subject Test, both reviewing undergraduate-level math topics and providing effective test-taking strategies.
Georgia Governor's Honors Program
Math Instructor (Summer 2016)
Instructed talented mathematics students at a 4-week summer program in Valdosta State University. Developed my own curriculum, and worked with other instructors to plan activities (such as the ongoing math tournament). Mentored students as they completed two mathematical research projects over the course of the program.
- To Infinity ... and Beyond!
- Groups, Rings, and Symmetrical Things
- Introduction to Programming
- Look Like You Know What You're Talking About (Effective Powerpoint Presentations)
- Enter the Matrix (A Crash Course in Linear Algebra)
- The Riemann Hypothesis
- Stupidly Huge Numbers
Instructor (August 2009 - August 2014)
Tutored students in preparation for the SAT and ACT in areas of math, science, reading, grammar, and writing. Assisted students with schoolwork in a variety of subjects and college planning. Consulted with center directors to track individual progress of all students. Supervised other instructors and coached them in tutoring mathematics.
Lead Instructor (May 2010 - December 2013)
- K-8 Science and English
- K-12 Math
- AP Statistics
- AP Calculus
- Multivariate Calculus
- Linear Algebra
- Modern Mathematics (Group Theory, Game Theory, Graph Theory, etc.)
- AP Chemistry
- AP Physics B/C
- AP Economics
- Computer Science
- AP Spanish
- Digitized the SAT program worksheets and developed a software interface for streamlined printing of assignments.
- Designed and implemented a new system to keep track of student progress binders, greatly increasing teacher efficiency and efficacy.
- Extended the SAT Math curriculum to include underrepresented topics.
- Represented C2 and conducted an SAT prep class at Darlington School in Rome, GA.
- Trained new tutors and worked with them to improve math teaching skills.
- Held seminars to keep teachers up to date on Georgia's newest math program.
- Attended Georgia Mathematics Conference to explore new techniques to better teach students.
- Instructed a number of students who went on to score perfect 800’s on various SAT I and SAT II tests.
- Prepared exceptionally high-level math students to take the AMC8, AMC10, and AMC12 exams.
"Bill has an outstanding ability to visualize a problem, develop a plan, and explain the process in multiple ways so that all students are able to follow and arrive at the same answer." - Sherrilyn Askew, former lead instructor and supervisor
"Bill has not only been an exceptional instructor to his students, but to his co-workers as well. His knowledge and understanding of various subjects, especially those related to the languages or mathematics, have opened new doors of interest in the eyes of his students. Watching one of his classes for a short while reveals his passion for what he teaches – his dedication and enthusiasm helps to drive the “this is what this can do” point for his students, encouraging them to further expand their knowledge." - Michael Mullen, coworker
"Bill is an engaging instructor who happily goes above and beyond his normal job requirements every day. His passion for education is apparent in everything he does, including his own lifelong search for knowledge. As a superior educator, he has much to offer both his students and colleagues in any setting." - Shea Hoffpauer, coworker
Instructor (January 2013 - April 2013)Conceptualized and designed MATH 150: Introduction to Higher Mathematics as an online course. Developed course materials and recorded audio/video lectures.
Georgia Council of Teachers of MathematicsAttended Georgia Mathematics Conference at Rock Eagle every October since 2010, and hosted panels every time since 2011.
Seminars given at GMC:
- Is Pi Wrong? A Search for the True Circle Constant
- The Hidden Power of Microsoft Word Equation Editor
- Synthetic Division: A Deeper Look
- What's in a Name? Geometric Taxonomy
- What's in a Name? Trigonometry
- Visual Matrix Multiplication
- Hold Infinity in the Palm of your Hand
- Turning Zeros Upside-Down
- A Good Notation is its Own Explanation
Publications and Projects
Matrix Multiplication: A More Spatially Intuitive ApproachAn article I authored for the GCTM publication "e-Reflections" in April 2012, describing an alternative approach to matrix multiplication. Clever spatial rearrangement of the matrices not only makes the process of matrix multiplication easier to remember but also reinforces the ideas behind it.
Click here to read the article.
How to organize, add, and multiply matricesOne of 18 grand prize winners across the country of the TED-Ed / Kohl's "Lessons Worth Sharing" contest who had the opportunity to have their most impactful and influential lesson featured as an animated video on TED’s global TED-Ed website. I recorded the audio, and TED-Ed's talented team of animators did the rest.
Click here to see the lesson on TED-Ed.
Introduction to Higher MathematicsA course I taught for Project Polymath. It is meant as an introductory course after precalculus to build some of the foundations of mathematics as well as develop abstract thinking skills. Topics covered include logic, set theory, relations and functions, number theory, real analysis, and abstract algebra, plus some classes specifically dedicated to effective proof writing.
Click here to view the course playlist on YouTube.
GACE Mathematics Test I (022)Score: 297/300
- Number Concepts and Operations
- Precalculus and Calculus
GACE Mathematics Test II (023)Score: 297/300
- Geometry and Measurement
- Data Analysis and Probability
- Mathematical Processes and Perspectives
GRE Math Subject TestScore: 910
Praxis II: Mathematics: Content Knowledge (Revised) (5161)Score: 200/200