Jenny Burgos, Math Teacher

JENNY BURGOS, Math Department

Q:  What classes do you teach?

A:  I teach Foundations of Math 1 and Math 2. I’ll be teaching Math 1 and Math 2 in the spring.

Q:  What brought you to Wakefield?

A:  My husband and I were planning to move to North Carolina. We moved here from Virginia two years ago. It’s a very good area, and I think it’s the perfect place for me to work. 

Q:  What do you like most about Wakefield so far?

A:  The school is tied to the community, and very community-based. The kids here are more hard-working than I thought, and the parents are involved in every activity of the school. 

Q:  What do you like to do outside of school?

A:  I’m a laid-back person. I like hiking, the outdoors and mountain climbing.

Q:  Why did you decide to teach math?

A:  I’ve loved math since elementary through high school.

Q:  Have you always wanted to pursue education?

A:  I have a degree in engineering. In the later part of my career, I felt the need to teach math to kids, so I switched over to education. 

Q:  What does your typical workday look like?

A:  I take my 16-month-old daughter to daycare in the morning, come here, and get my classroom prepared. I have three straight classes and fourth-period planning. [I’m] very, very busy until the end of the third period. Then my planning, when I do what I need to do for the next day, pick up my daughter and have family time at home.

Q:  What advice do you have for students taking your classes?

A:  I’m not expecting everybody to be geniuses in math. The most important thing is that you put in hard work and have good work ethics; that is what will make you successful. Attitude matters.

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