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Faculty Focus: April 2023

Math Teacher Mrs. Bozena Kopf, a native of Poland, is in her third year at Fenwick.
What is your educational background?

BK: I have a master's degree in Econometry, Statistics and Mathematics from University of Economics in Krakow, Poland, and a Teaching Certification from University of Toronto in Canada.

What did you do prior to becoming a teacher at Fenwick?

BK: I taught Mathematics at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and at Holy Name of Mary College School in Ontario, Canada. I also worked as a Mathematics Instructional Facilitator at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education (Baltimore, Maryland) for Talent Development Secondary program.

What are you currently reading for enjoyment?

BK: I am reading two books -- The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama and Flights by Olga Tokarczuk.

What interests do you pursue outside of the classroom?

BK: I love traveling, skiing, listening to classical music, concerts, musicals, etc.

To what teams and/or clubs did you belong as a student?

BK: I sang at a University Choir.

Which clubs/sports/activities do you run at Fenwick?

BK: I help coach the Algebra II Math Team.

What quality/characteristic marks a Fenwick student?

BK: Determination to overcome difficulties and be successful. Compassion.

When did you decide to become a teacher, and why did you choose this

BK: I chose teaching profession after I realized how much personal satisfaction you get when you pass on your knowledge and ignite a passion for learning. It was my first student I tutored, when I was still at the university, who told me that he never liked math but “I opened his eyes to math.” Besides – teaching runs in my family! My dad has always been my role model.

What personal strengths do you find especially helpful in your teaching?

BK: Patience and ability to be a good listener. Having a sense of humor helps, too!

What are your favorite classes to teach?

BK: Statistics, Trigonometry, Algebra, Precalculus – well, I like teaching math at all levels!

What is the greatest success you have had in teaching?

BK: Quite a few students stay in touch after they graduate. They send occasional updates on how they are doing, share their success stories, words of appreciation. Several said they were inspired to become teachers!

What challenges face students today?

BK: Misinformation. Young people are being pulled in so many different directions, influenced by media, distracted by overuse of technology. It is very difficult at young age to make right choices without proper guidance and a clear path.
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