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.