Raoul Wallenberg High School
San Francisco, California
Nathan’s interest in math was sparked when he was exposed to cryptology while participating in a summer program sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). His interest was furthered during his undergraduate studies. In a first-year writing class at Harvey Mudd College, Nathan read “A Mathematician’s Lament,” an article about how math is taught backwards in schools. This reading lead him to the realization that he wanted to become a teacher to “help people better understand math and use it for the benefit of society.”
While working as a writing center consultant and a math tutor at Harvey Mudd College, Nathan experienced great joy from helping people learn. Nathan felt this same joy when he returned to Carlisle, Pa., to work as a cryptology teaching assistant at the same site where he participated as a student.
Upon acquiring a secondary certification in mathematics from Stanford University, Nathan plans to teach in a high-needs area, either in a city or on a reservation. Nathan loves languages; he can converse in Russian and has studied several other languages. He also enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, good food and craft beer.