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Ana Torres

Job Title:

Math Teacher




Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



BS Business Administration Cal State East Bay, MA Mathematics Education Stanford University

Originally from:

Born in Mexico, raised in Oakland

Why I Teach:

I teach to help students see their capacity to think deeply and critically so that they go into the world feeling confident, courageous, unafraid to make mistakes, and with a voice to share their unique ideas.

Most powerful teaching technique:

Complex instruction is a pedagogical approach that enables students to learn and teachers to teach at a high intellectual level in academically, linguistically, racially, ethnically, and socially heterogeneous classrooms.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Math is everywhere and many adults don't see themselves as "math people" because of the way it was taught to them. Math is full of patterns, visuals, critical thinking, different strategies, mistakes, and so much more. Math is not just formulas. Math is fun!

Favorite quotes:

“No one is born smart. No one is born knowing how to read, right? No one is born knowing how to do math, or no one is born knowing how to play the flute. All of that comes with a lot of hard work... it's not about what you know, it's about the effort you put in, the amount of work that you're willing to do to get where you're going.“
- Michelle Obama

Favorite trivia:

Trivia is my weakness :(

Recommended visual media:

anything Netflix

Recommended reads:

Fiction Novels

Hobbies or outside interests:

Painting with acrylics, basketball, swimming, and hikes.

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