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Q&A With SA's New Senior School Math Teacher Seamus Coons

9 Questions with Seamus CoonsSeamus launched his career as a mathematics teacher in the Palm Springs Unified School District in California, serving as a Grade 7 math teacher and spurring his students on to earn the highest scores in the district on California’s Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. Returning east, Seamus spent a year with the Quaker Valley School District as a long-term substitute, teaching high school geometry, and then a year at Propel Hazelwood teaching mathematics to students in Grades 7 and 8. His goal as a teacher is to inspire students to be curious about math in an environment that is collaborative and in which it is safe to take risks.

Seamus earned his B.S. in Mathematics Education at the State University of Cortland, New York, and did his student teaching in the Queensland School District, Australia. He is certified to teach mathematics in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, New York, and California. In addition to his passion for all things mathematical, Seamus enjoys playing rugby.

SA: Why did you choose to work at Sewickley Academy?

SC: I chose to work at Sewickley Academy because I was impressed by the wide variety of opportunities it offers the students and allows them to grow as students and individuals.

SA: What motivated you to become a teacher?

SC: I became a teacher because I love sharing information and I believe education is the silver bullet to solve many problems in today's society.

SA: What do you enjoy most about teaching?

SC: What I enjoy most about being a teacher is seeing that "aha" moments on students' faces when they finally understand something.

SA: What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class(es)?

SC: The life lesson I want students to learn in my class is that you learn more from mistakes then you learn from doing things right the first time.

SA: How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?

SC: I keep up with the subjects I teach by using websites with different lesson ideas like Pinterest, Instagram and other teacher blogs.

SA: Favorite book as a child?

SC: My favorite books as a child were the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

SA: Favorite book as an adult?

SC: My favorite book as an adult is "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut.

SA: What are some of your interests/hobbies?

SC: The New York Yankees, playing golf, reading, and doing crossword puzzles.

SA: What are you most looking forward to this school year?

SC: What I'm looking forward to most about this school year is getting to know the students and staff of Sewickley Academy and becoming a part of the SA Community.

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