STAFF & FACULTY DIRECTORY PROFILE
William Van Doren
Phone: (510) 577-9100 ext.
Started at O'Dowd:
B.A - Oberlin College Master of Divinity - Harvard University
Washington, D.C. and Houston, TX
Why I Teach:
I teach because I love the art and the challenge of facilitating learning, and I feel called to work with teenagers. It is a very rewarding and dynamic job.
Most powerful teaching technique:
I find that a combination of two things is especially effective: a clear lecture style in which I model the problem solving process, with guided practice time in which I give students one-on-one attention.
Why are the subjects you teach important?:
Math allows us to measure, model, and predict so many things in our world, which makes it an extremely valuable skill. Even if a student is not going into a math-related career, the study of math builds fundamental skills that apply to life:to persevere in solving problems, be precise, use reason, and recognize the patterns and relationships that are all around us.
"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality" - Martin Luther King Jr.
How many earths can fit in the sun? (A: About 1.3 million)
Recommended visual media:
The Shawshank Redemption, Back to the Future (childhood favorite)
Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse), Dune (Frank Herbert), Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison), The Poems of Hafiz
Hobbies or outside interests:
Creative Writing, Hip Hop, Hiking