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A New Teacher with New Goals

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Luke Lamond, Class of 2019, and Simon Hoel, Class of 2020

New math and physics teacher Susan Bilodeau says her number one goal is “to get students interested in and excited about math and science.”

Ms. Bilodeau joins our faculty this year to teach two sections of math, Physics and Chemistry seminars, and the Science and Robotics elective. Another one of her goals is to make her classes academically rigorous in order to prepare students adequately for college courses. She says, “I’d like very much for students to be in control of their own learning. They should be able to draw their own conclusions about subjects; think creatively, and articulate their ideas. I’d like to think of myself as more of a facilitator of education than an imparter of information.”

For three years, Ms. Bilodeau went to undergraduate school at UMass Amherst, and studied Computer Science Engineering. She found programming and coding tedious, and switched to Psychology. “It was the thing I was most interested in as a teacher.” After college, she “got married, had children, [and] had a variety of careers that worked with having children. I got a  master’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Phoenix, and later taught at a middle school, Monument Valley. Then I decided I wanted to teach high school.” She went on to get a second master’s degree in Mathematics Education at Lesley University.

Ms. Bilodeau became aware of BWHS through her son Antonio (class of 2019). She felt the philosophy of the school would work well with her teaching style. “I felt my interest in engineering would carry over too, and I’d have an opportunity to combine my education fields.”

She just finished teaching a Kinematics seminar to the 10th grade, and has received positive feedback from students. At the beginning of each 11th grade Pre-Calculus class, she presents the students with a numbers game, the purpose of which is to find the odd numbers out. These have more that one (and therefore, no correct) answer, and their purpose is to promote mathematics vocabulary and help students think critically to develop understanding of math concepts — a testament to her imaginative, cohesive style. Says Ms. Bilodeau, “My favorite aspect of teaching here is having students that truly want to learn.”

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