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Paul Chung

6th Grade Math Teacher

At McGillis since 2010


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B.F.A., Graphic Design, Miami University
M.A.T., Westminster College
Fellow - Klingenstein Center Teachers College, Columbia University


Form and function, work and play, summer and winter, leader and follower, Batman and Joker: instead of opposites, each are complimentary and part of a balanced system. My experience and interests mirror this juggling act. My daily white shirt and black tie is the uniform of consistency and repetition that also serves as my superhero costume. The skills I honed managing creative teams for eighteen years before becoming an educator are the same I skills I use to help middle school students realize their purpose. I believe that learning must be a system that includes play and joy as much as it does discipline and challenge. And finally, I believe that all the world's ills can be solved by listening long and hard to the roar of an internal combustion engine mounted on two wheels.


I am currently reading:
Enlightenment Now, The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress by Steven Pinker


I am learning to:
Play the ukulele


Favorite McGillis lunch:
Fish Tacos


Favorite McGillis moment:
Every single 'first-day-of-school' for the last ten years.


The defining moment that led to your career in education:
Finding my 'what I want to be when I grow up' list I wrote many decades ago and wondering if, finally, my skills might be a match for what I love.


What is a powerful moment you experienced at school?
The powerful moments in school have always centered around the cycle of being really, really bad at something long before the needle started to move toward improvement and change. And since most of the time was spent in the not-knowing phase instead of the a-ha phase, learning to have fun swimming in my own ignorance.