Teaching has reaffirmed my belief that education can and should be used as a practice for freedom, inspiration and innovation.
Candice Director 2011 Fellow
2011 Fellow High Tech High Media Arts San Diego, California
Candice Director has always loved math. “Math allows you look at the world through a whole new lens.” While she recognizes that not everyone shares that perspective, Candice believes that this lack of love for the subject has little to do with a student’s aptitude for the subject. Rather, it has to do with a teacher’s ability to share the relevance of the principles being presented. “I envision mathematics classrooms balancing procedural abilities with inquiry and discovery. Students need to understand what is behind mathematics and see its purpose in the real world.”
As a student teacher, Candice worked toward a student-centered curriculum. “I did everything from teaching the concept of functions in the context of violence in their communities and incarceration/crime rates to having discussions with students around their abilities to be advocates for themselves as learners.” Candice’s student-teaching earned her the accolades of her instructors at the University of California, Berkeley where she also earned her undergraduate degree. She is the recipient of the Alpha Delta Kappa Excellence in Student Teaching Award and the UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.
Having attended Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Candice will have her first full-time teaching position at High Tech High Media Arts High School in San Diego. Candice hopes that the school’s supportive environment combined with KSTF’s professional development offerings will enable her to involve her students in meaningful and empowering learning experiences.