Ruth Eich­holtz

SEC­ONDARY MATH­E­MAT­ICS

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Ev­ery­one can learn math’ is Ruth Eich­holtz’s per­sonal ed­u­ca­tion phi­los­o­phy. “I be­lieve this strongly and work daily to build con­fi­dence within my stu­dents, so that they can ac­cess the deep joy and beauty in my sub­ject.” Some of her best ex­pe­ri­ences while teach­ing are con­vinc­ing stu­dents who dis­like math that they can be good at it, and even en­joy the sub­ject. She also takes plea­sure in watch­ing her “ad­vanced math stu­dents dis­cover pro­found con­nec­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence awe and won­der at the beauty of math­e­mat­ics.” Af­ter gain­ing valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence in the soft­ware in­dus­try, Eich­holtz has spent 10 years teach­ing. This year, she founded a club called Gir­lTech at The York School, that aims to teach cod­ing to high school girls while giv­ing them op­por­tu­ni­ties to be lead­ers in the com­mu­nity and to net­work with pro­fes­sional women in STEM fields. “The York School of­fers a pro­gres­sive, in­quiry-based pro­gram,” she says. “A typ­i­cal math class is busy and loud. We work col­lab­o­ra­tively on prob­lem­solv­ing, dis­cuss ideas and method and en­cour­age each other. My stu­dents take risks in their learn­ing, ex­plain their rea­son­ing at the board and grap­ple with com­plex top­ics. There is of­ten laugh­ter, food and mu­sic (of­ten sung by the

stu­dents!)”

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