STAFF & FACULTY DIRECTORY PROFILE
Phone: (510) 577-9100
Started at O'Dowd:
B.A. in Finance from Florida State University; MBA from Mills College
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.
"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
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"
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