Friday, December 16, 2016

Teacher Spotlight on Evan Lee, Summit Rainier (San Jose) teacher

My name is Evan Lee. I mentor a whimsical, witty, and wild group of sophomores. I teach Math III to juniors and AP Statistics to seniors at Summit Rainier in San Jose. We learn how to use math to model the world around us and to draw conclusions about our society. I hope to build each of my student’s capacity to think logically and critically through the complexities of math. I began teaching after attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in hopes of becoming a doctor. At Hopkins, my passion for mentoring and giving back to my community flourished. After many inspiring experiences with my mentee and tutees in Baltimore, I decided to become a teacher. I was fortunate enough to return home to the Bay Area and join the Rainier community.

I have loved the opportunity to mentor a diverse group of individuals and strive towards a common goal of college and success in life. Seeing my original mentor group graduate and continuing to cultivate my relationships with them have given me the most happiness out of life so far. Everyday, I look forward to being a part of my current mentees’ high school journeys. I always wish that I had more time for 1-on-1 check-ins on Fridays to work, learn, and laugh alongside my mentees. They are so wonderful to work with, and I am so thankful to the Rainier community for allowing me to build these lifelong relationships.

Outside of teaching and mentoring, I lead a pretty simple life that consists of eating and lifting. I live to eat. I could stand at a taco truck and inhale tacos all night long; eat ten-course meals with my grandparents at our favorite Chinese restaurant; and down In-N-Out burgers after chaperoning school dances. At home, I enjoy watching cooking and eating shows and then honing my skills in the kitchen. To burn off calories, I hit the gym. The sport of powerlifting has been challenging yet rewarding. Just like my mentees and students do at school, I set a goal, make a plan, and work to achieve my lifting goals at the gym.

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