STAFF & FACULTY DIRECTORY PROFILE

Juan Carlos Trujillo

Job Title:

Math Department Chair

Department:

Mathematics

Email:

Phone: (510) 577-9100

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Started at O'Dowd:

2011

Degrees: 

B.A in Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley M.A.in Teaching, University of San Francisco

Originally from:

The Sacramento River Delta

Why I Teach:

I teach to help students become independent and confident individuals. My ultimate purpose is to help students develop a pragmatic and highly rewarding work ethic so that they can fearlessly pursuit their dreams and passions.

Most powerful teaching technique:

It is always 100% Growth Mindset ! https://thelearnerlab.com/growth-mindset/

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Mathematics will forever be a crowning achievement in human history. It's ability to help us make sense of our phenomenal world is truly awesome.

Favorite quotes:

"I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up.... and handle it..?" -Tupac Shakur

Favorite trivia:

Space and Time are actually a single thing called spacetime. That is pretty crazy.

Recommended visual media:

Kung Fu Hustle, Waking Life, The Defiant Ones Documentary on HBO, The Wire on HBO

Recommended reads:

The Upanishads, The Mahabharata by Vyasa, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, Journey To End of the Night by Celine, Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche, The Stranger by Camus

Hobbies or outside interests:

Family, Xiang Qi, Reading, Writing, Painting, Music, Exercising, Camping/Hiking