# Zac B

I became a teacher because I love to see students become excited about solving problems and puzzles using mathematical thinking. I believe that mathematics is a lens through which to view the world and as Neil DeGrasse Tyson says, “Mathematics is the language of Science.” I pursued my Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Physics. I wanted to become an engineer, but my alma mater did not have an Engineering program. However, I loved engaging in the type of thinking required by upper level math and physics courses.

I tutored the group sessions for Calculus I and II in undergrad and began to realize my passion for helping students understand their thoughts, and helping students orient themselves when solving calculus problems. I was a teaching assistant for Honor’s Calculus I and II at Western Kentucky University while pursuing my Master’s of Science in Mathematics with a research emphasis in Knot Theory. I was hired as an Instructor of Mathematics at the same institution. I worked with at-risk students for two years teaching developmental mathematics. I volunteered as the Co-Coordinator of a NSF grant-funded Academic Makerspace to help engage students in mathematical “making” to help students develop productive scientific thinking via first-hand experiences. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Mathematics Education at Arizona State University. If you couldn’t tell, I work with students on all things math related. I am comfortable tutoring individuals in mathematical topics ranging from the development of number sense to Calculus concepts.