Meet the Teachers: Frederic Fontaine

Frederic Fontaine

Math 5, French C, Algebra 2, AP Statistics

Where did you grow up? What was it like to grow up there? Where did you go to school and what was that like? Did it have an impact on your choice of career?

I grew up in France, in a suburban environment not far from Paris. I have great memories from my high school years. Though classrooms were fairly large (~35 students per class) and schools typically didn’t offer clubs or sport teams (you would do these kind of activities outside of school), there was a strong feeling of camaraderie among the students. The school day would run from 8am to 6pm, but we would have long lunch breaks (2 hours!) where we could leave the premises, hang out with friends, and socialize. The school system was very grade oriented, but the support and friendship from your classmates really helped you overcome the stress and challenges of the academic curriculum.

What led you to your current role at The Hudson School? What were you doing before you came here?

Prior to joining the Hudson School, I spent over ten years in management consulting, working with telecom and wireless clients. As the constant travel schedule started to keep me away too long from my growing family, I decided to make a career change and consider academia. I’d always enjoyed teaching and tutoring students back in college, as well as organizing training sessions for my clients on new technologies, so becoming a full-time teacher was the next logical move for me.

What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your work — not so much the goals that are in your job description, but the goals you hold personally?

Many students can find mathematics to be an intimidating and challenging topic. My objective is to try to make it more accessible to students, and generate the spark that makes them realize that math is not so complicated after all, and can actually be pretty cool and fun. I hope to be able to have the students connect math with the real world, and see how logical thinking can be used not just in math class, but in other areas as well.

 

2017-12-01T11:36:11+00:00 December 1st, 2017|
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