I am a junior high math teacher, an assistant varsity baseball coach and also serve as the junior high math league advisor at a Catholic school in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. I reside in south Minneapolis with my wife and our two children. St. Mary’s University, B.A., Education K-8 with emphasis on Mathematics, 2000; Marygrove College, M.A., Art of Teaching Middle School Mathematics, 2009; member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; ten years teaching experience.
I am a digital business analyst here at Sophia. I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Mankato State University. I am also the mother of 3 teenagers, all with very different learning styles. Therefore, when I am not working on Sophia, I am helping with homework, studying for tests and supplying all the materials necessary for countless projects. Working with my children has given me a new appreciation for how many different ways there are to learn things. It has become very clear to me that what works for one child does not always work for another. I am inspired by the potential of Sophia to teach people in a way that makes sense to them, as well as provide a platform for people to share their knowledge.
I developed www.NumberBender.com with the intention of sharing my math presentations to the world. As a high school math teacher, I have created numerous slideshow presentations for my math classes, allowing me to give the students my full attention. This has saved me tremendous amount of time and has helped students when they are taking notes. Instead of having to hurry and copy their notes before I erase it from the board, at the end of the presentation I can go back and show the slides for those students who have difficulty writing their notes quickly. Prior to coming to the United States, I have taught in several schools in China and the Philippines. I have been teaching math since 2005 in Barstow High School and have taught almost every subject since. I have taught strategic math, algebra1, algebra2, precalculus, geometry, and AP statistics. Teaching was never my first choice of career. I used to be a project manager in an IT firm but the teaching bug bit me. As the saying goes, “Many are called, but few are chosen”, and I believe I am one of those chosen few who truly enjoy the job of being a teacher. Teaching has broaden my horizons and taken me to so many amazing places where I met so many wonderful people. Education: EDD (candidate) MAT Math (2012) BS Mathematics (2001) BSEd Computer Applications (2001)
I helped build Sophia and the team of talented people working together to create new ways to approach education. Sophia is a place where everyone can participate in teaching and learning, and where the traditional boundaries of schools and classrooms will fade into history. I joined Sophia in 2009 to help answer a question: “If we could create an online learning experience today, in the world of Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia … what would it be like?” What a great way to start a company! I am proud of what the Sophia team has created. Join Sophia. Help someone learn. It makes for a better world.
I'm the Founder and co-creator of Sophia and I love to create new things. I have a deep passion for education and technology, and I spend a lot of time thinking about how they could come together more effectively. I earned my bachelor's degree in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin and my MBA from the University of Minnesota. I'm also the proud father of three daughters who give me a lot of great feedback on how to improve Sophia. I hope you'll send me your thoughts and ideas about Sophia. You can also feel free to share your thoughts on education, technology, American history (my personal passions are presidential and immigration history), music, songwriting, or baseball. I’d love to hear from you. - Don