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Katherine Bellafiore Sanden

2016 Fellow
Gateway High School
San Francisco, California

Teaching Discipline

Mathematics

Why Mathematics

“Math teaches me to question my assumptions. To ask “why” when I am looking at new information. To search for the demonstrable proof behind every statement. To open my mind to the possibility of understanding something I thought was impossible. I want others to experience this, too. I want to be the channel that helps others see mathematics as much more than solving for the slope of a line.”  

Professional Experience

Over the course of more than 10 years, Katherine has tutored hundreds of students in mathematics. As an undergraduate student, she worked as lead teaching assistant for a Princeton program aimed at getting girls interested in mathematics. Additionally, Katherine helped a professor redesign an especially difficult integrated math-engineering-physics course. As a data consultant, she created data analysis tools in Excel for a Peruvian online real estate company. She also managed a staff of more than 45 while serving as a director of an outdoor adventure camp and wrote a bimonthly column for Girls’ Angle, an organization committed to empowering girls in math.

Hobbies

Katherine enjoys playing jazz piano, making videos and dancing.

Academic Background

  • Stanford University (Master of Arts in Education)
  • Princeton University (Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics)

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As a mathematics teacher, I aim to help my students replace math anxiety with joy and fascination.

Katherine Bellafiore Sanden
2016 Fellow