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Adam Ezell

Job Title:

Math Teacher




Phone: (510) 577-9100


Started at O'Dowd:



B.A. in Finance from Florida State University; MBA from Mills College

Originally from:

Orlando, FL

Why I Teach:

To help support and inspire the young minds that will make our world a better place.

Most powerful teaching technique:

Active listening, patience, and a little humor

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

On the surface, math, including algebra and geometry, are important because successful completion of these courses is required for college entrance. On a deeper level, math is a language that students need to learn so that they can better analyze and understand the world around them. Having a strong foundation in math opens doors and gives students a leg up in fields like financial literacy, economics, and computer science.

Favorite quotes:

"Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by those doing it." - James Baldwin
"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter."_ -Malcolm Gladwell
"I'm glad I understand that while language is a gift, listening is a responsibility."_- Nikki Giovanni

Favorite trivia:

My birthday is December 21, which is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.

Recommended visual media:

Die Hard, Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, The Wire, Black Panther, The Big Short, "13th"

Recommended reads:

Blink by Malcom Gladwell, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Hobbies or outside interests:

Traveling, cooking, reading, gaming and buying sneakers

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