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Paul K. Chung

Middle School 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


Paul wears the same thing every day to school. His uniform is his display of consistency, as well as his costume (evidently someone from Krypton cornered the market on "S"). His garb also represents his philosophy of learning: balance. Tackling something new can be a lot of fun and yet also requires a strong dose of discipline. Acquiring new skills can be joyful as well as challenging... often simultaneously. And middle school life (read pre-teen/teenagers) can be heaven and, well, just plain mind-boggling. Paul believes in offering huge amounts of love to students while also holding the highest expectations of results. And finally, he believes 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.


As McGillis celebrates its 30th anniversary, what is a memory you would like to share with our community?

Each and every time Joanne McGillis visits the campus, electricity and joy runs right to my bones. I seek her out, not just for the taffy treats, but also to reset my compass to her north star of kindness, humor, and love.


As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, what is your wish for McGillis?
We didn't get here by ourselves and we're not going to get where we want to go without the love of strangers.


I am currently reading:
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson


I am learning to:
Rebuild a carburetor on my XR650


Favorite McGillis lunch:
Tuna sandwich


Favorite McGillis Tradition:
Count-down by grade to the start of winter break!


Favorite McGillis moment:
How we always come together as a community through fire, earthquake, wind, and microscopic parasites.


The defining moment that led to your career in education:
The realization that it was possible to enjoy a profession that combined my catalog of learned skills with the passion to problem-solve. And also the dubious distinction of sharing the same sense of humor with middle-schoolers (turning around the water fountain spout is genius!)


What is a powerful moment you experienced at school?
My thoughts about a problem cause my suffering.... not the problem itself.