Alan Pommier

Trigonometry, Algebra I, Algebra IA, Applied Math, Pre-calculus and College Algebra

Northeast High School

Alan Pommier
Trigonometry, Algebra I, Algebra IA, Applied Math, Pre-calculus and College Algebra
Northeast High School

More about Alan:
Age: 31
Experience: Seven years at NHS
Hometown: Franklin
Education: Bachelor’s degree in math education, master’s degree in math, Pittsburg State University
Interests: St. Louis Cardinals baseball, working on his Porsche 911, singing tenor in barbershop quartets

What inspired you to become a teacher?
I think it’s just the fact that I wanted to show people that math is actually interesting and that it can be useful to nonmathematicians. It can be used in everyday life, and I wanted to be able to show that to my students.

What is most enjoyable, and what is most challenging as a teacher?
The most enjoyable moments are when you see that light bulb go off in their heads. You can physically see it when they go ‘Oh, yeah!’ What’s most challenging is the frustration from having to change their attitudes about math. So many kids come into my classroom thinking they can’t do math, so I have to break down that wall before I can teach them anything.

Advice for someone who wants to go into education?
This is going to sound cliché, but it’s true. You’ve got to respect your students and treat them like humans, like they’re real people. It’s the whole golden rule thing. If you treat them with respect, they will treat you with respect.