So Jim, did you always want to be a high school math teacher?
J:I always wanted to be a teacher, from a very young age, and originally I thought I’d wind up being a physics teacher, physics was my favorite subject in high school. It turns out that when I went to become a teacher I discovered that because my undergraduate degree is electrical engineering that NYS did not recognize electrical engineering as either science or math but it was more easily, (by getting copies of the catalogue and course description to get them to acknowledge the electrical engineering courses as) acknowledged as math courses rather than physics courses even though it is really related to both. It is very heavy math, so electrical engineering is essentially math. I previously ended up going into industry because I got married young and I couldn’t earn enough money so I wanted to earn money and raise a family and do all that first and by then it was too late to go get a doctorate and do all that. So I love high school and I wouldn’t teach lower grades, I wouldn’t be good at it, it’s not my thing. I envisioned myself originally as a college teacher, but I love working with older kids.
How many years have you been a math teacher?