Two of Blair's newest math teachers discuss their lives outside the building
This year, four math teachers are finishing their very first years at Blair. Two of which are Christina Martin, who teaches Pre-Calculus and Algebra 1, and Janet Marie Prouty, who teaches Honors Algebra 2. Although their stories aren't very similar, they can both find middle ground in their favorite moment in the classroom: they love when students finally understand the material. So, the answer to the hackneyed joke is not how many of these math teachers it takes to screw in the light bulb, but rather how they're able to do it.
In fourth grade, Christina Martin's teacher let her give a spelling lesson for career day, but the experience didn't necessarily define her choice to pursue the profession later in life. "I've always wanted to be a teacher—probably since I was very little," she says. Years later, Martin had teachers who helped her get through the drama of high school and discover her life's path. "I had a lot of high school teachers who really made an impact on my life and helped me get through the normal high school drama that tends to happen at that age," she explains. "Teenagers don't sort of realize that high school is just four years and it will eventually end and get better."
Just as her students have lives outside the classroom, so does Martin. In her spare time, Martin enjoys spending time with friends, reading, travelling, scrapbooking, and playing sports. As a child, Martin participated in many sport activities, such as basketball, softball, lacrosse, and crew. At the old school where she taught, a private school in the Towson area, Martin coached varsity girl's lacrosse, but she isn't sure when she'll help coach Blair's teams, "I don't know if I'll get involved this spring because I may take this school year [to get] acquainted with the school, but I would really like to- if not this year then next year. I would really like to take that on.”
Martin also loves the beach. Last summer, she visited the Outer Banks for the first time, instead of vacationing in Ocean City. Martin explains that the Outer Banks is much more relaxed. "When you're older, you don't want to try all that craziness." In college, she opted to study abroad in Australia, where she participated in activities that include, going to a surf camp. "I found that when I was over there that to really master the art of surfing, you have to start when you're young," Martin comments.
Even though Martin wasn't the best surfer, she took up the sport because she loves to try new things. Almost ironically, she likes to live a simple life. She loves to read, naming Harry Potter among her all time favorites, "I really like when I can get lost in a book." She most identifies with Hermione because she herself was a "really studious kid who liked school a lot and knew the right answers." Unlike Hermione, however, Martin says she'd belong to Ravenclaw. "I'm very intellectual. I really like to analyze things a lot." And that's what makes her a math teacher.
Janet Marie Prouty
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