Mr. Choe Teaches Respect, Math in Order to Change Lives
By Nataleh Wallace, Junior Writer
The academic success of every student is very important. Teachers make a difference in our lives and they deserve to be acknowledged for it. Math teacher Mr. Choe, from The Academy of Media, Arts and Music, is one teacher that deserves to be acknowledged for his tremendous effort for keeping his students motivated and helping them be better than they were yesterday.
The start of every teacher’s career is inspired outside of their classroom. Choe’s inspiration to become a teacher was influenced by his learning experience as a child in school. Growing up, Mr. Choe’s mother inspired him a lot because her hard work and dedication motivated him to become a better person, in terms of pushing himself to be successful. Becoming even more of a successful teacher is extremely meaningful to Mr. Choe because his mother actually wanted to become a teacher in South Korea, but she did not meet height requirements. So, Mr. Choe in a way is fulfilling his mother's dreams for her.
Mr. Choe also understands the delicate balance between teenagers’ development in their lives and studies, so it is what led him to work with students. "I had various difficulties as a student, up until I finished graduate school, so I understand how difficult it is to face the many challenges of high school.” Therefore, becoming a teacher has been significant to him because it is a means by which he can “relay to students various methods to cope with such challenges” while teaching math content to them to the best of his abilities. He enjoys giving extra help to students through tutoring, and many students know that he is willing to help before and after school. He is very passionate about what he does and he has a strong desire to change the way students learn. Math interests Mr. Choe because it is a particularly difficult subject which motivates him to give his time to help students.
Mr. Choe believes math is an amazing subject because it is more than simply memorizing formulas and definitions –it involves a high level of critical thinking, problem-solving and making connections between and among various interrelated concepts. “Being patient, making sense of concepts, and working through math problems once a point of understanding has been reached is an utterly exciting experience, especially since certain math topics are quite difficult,” he said. Teaching math is obviously very important to Mr. Choe and the amount of passion that he puts into it makes him amazing at what he does. “I wouldn’t trade teaching for any other profession in the world.”
Teachers have the ability to change young people’s lives, and it’s a mission for Mr. Choe. As a teacher, he believes he should try diligently to promote a serious environment for learning in which young students at Hillcrest whom he teaches must develop a mindset of responsibility for their learning by dedicating their effort wholeheartedly in order to be academically successful. He constantly reminds students of the importance of treating both themselves and others with respect so that they can work together productively and be accountable for others’ academic as well as social success both in and out of the classroom.
A teacher’s job never stops, and their job affects them outside of the classroom as well as inside of the classroom. Balancing his professional and personal life can be difficult for Mr. Choe so he found ways to make it work. Though this may be difficult, he found that becoming a teacher has helped him build confidence and become a better person.
Mr. Choe’s “style” of teaching is strongly based on keeping his students motivated and encouraging them to do better if he can. It’s important that he tries to keep a good vibe in the classroom by acknowledging his students good work all of the time and encouraging his students by speaking with a strong voice and trying to show enthusiasm. He also emphasizes any important information that’s stated during class. These are all examples of basic characteristics that make a great teacher, and Mr. Choe shows many of them!