Advanced Math Plus, Algebra III, Calculus
GHS Front Office: 601-859-6150
Parents and students, welcome to our math class! On this site you’ll find a brief course description, my teacher bio, and other fun information. For the class syllabus, course assignments and updates please see Canvas. If you wish to contact me, please use my email address (see above). Also, don't forget to sign up for Remind101 using the code posted on the course homepage in Canvas.
Note that I do not have my own classroom this year. If you need to find me during the school day, my schedule is as follows:
About the Teacher
I am married to my beautiful wife, Laís Young. She is from Brazil, and she has a PhD in Psychopharmacology (so she’s way smarter than I am). We have two amazing schnoodle doggo daughters named Mae and Cynthia.
I am originally from the Houston area of Texas. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a double major in both Mathematics and Spanish, and a minor in Secondary Education. In college I was able to spend a month studying abroad in Spain and a month performing mission work in the Philippines. I got my first job, teaching high school math at a large Houston public school, where I taught everything from Algebra to AP Calculus for two years.
I then moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue a career in Actuarial Science and spend many nights and days studying for actuarial exams.
I met my wife in Atlanta, then quit my job and followed her when she had to go back to Brazil to finish her PhD in 2016. I stayed in Brazil for three months, meeting her family and friends and watching her successfully defend her PhD. She then got a postdoctoral position at UMMC in Jackson, MS, and in 2017 we moved back to the U.S., and I was hired on for an entry-level actuarial position at a local life insurance company. After a couple of years, I returned to teaching and found a home at GHS!
Other Teacher Facts
I’ve loved math since I was in elementary school, but I also like photography, photo editing, crafts, crocheting, poetry, charcoal drawing, pastels, and am always slowly experimenting with new artistic media (see the "Great Poetry!" tab on the left). I find art enjoyable partly because it teaches you how to not only learn from mistakes but to be happy being a messy, goofy human being and use your mistakes to create new and exciting things.
Foreign language has been as close to me as math, and I jump on Duolingo to practice different languages whenever I have the time.
I also love Excel spreadsheets, computer programming, and the mechanics of personal finance, all of which I picked up from my years in Actuarial Science (see the "What is Actuarial Science?" tab on the left).
I like reading philosophy, and I learn as much as I can about the sciences so that I can understand as many of the new, totally amazing discoveries about our world, universe and ourselves as possible (see the "Cool in Science!" tab on the left).
I eat well, exercise, and sleep as much as I can so that I can have the energy to enjoy every moment of my life to the fullest. I like to meditate to keep my mind clear and calm to better handle the daily challenges of life (see the "SLEEP" tab on the left).
My favorite TV shows are Futurama (I’ve seen every episode at least three times), Bob’s Burgers (at least two times), Parks and Rec (at least two times); and my favorite movie is Interstellar. Otherwise, my wife and I don't watch TV at our home.
I love teaching high school! You guys are inspiring for who you are: where you come from, where you are now, and where your'e going. You take such huge risks by simply being yourself: adults have life experience to make them feel more confident in who they are; you guys are living something new every day. You're dynamic and perfectly human, and it's one of the greatest privileges of my life to be a small part of something so great as the beginning of the rest of your lives. Never stop changing, learning, growing, or shining your own personal light to make the world a better place!
I am grateful to be a teacher, to be surrounded by so much knowledge and so many uniquely brilliant colleagues and students.