Meet Paul

I love the thrill of critical thinking…of finding patterns,
connections, and explanations that make hard questions become easy.
But perhaps even more exciting than exploring ideas myself is being a guide in the same process. I love seeing minds churning to solve a problem they’ve never seen before. It’s fascinating to see the uniqueness of each person’s means of  conceptualizing ideas, solving problems, and expressing their thoughts.

I am passionate about Inquiry Based Learning and Problem Based Learning, both of which emphasize active and collaborative student learning. I encourage students to engage in dialogue about challenging, curiosity-inspiring problems. I strive to give students encouragement, time, and tools to pursue rabbit holes and to take ownership over their own learning.

Bio

I have been playing mathematically since I was a toddler. I am the youngest of three math kids–my brother works in finance and my sister just finished a PhD in Number Theory. I credit my dad with our deep-seeded relationship with mathematics, and I think a big part of it was when we were very little. We were constantly counting and playing games and solving puzzles. Card games, dice games, board games, word games, guessing games, whatever.

Growing up, I was a serious game-player. Over the years, I’ve been in various levels of obsession with chess, bridge, poker, and a brief stint with World of Warcraft. Nowadays, I’m much more likely to be spending my time working on art projects than playing games.

I travel as much as I can, and I have a driving couch.

Teaching Experience

I’ve been teaching math and chess professionally since 2008 and informally for as long as I can remember. Since 2012, I’ve been running Math Circles with Math for Love across the Seattle area. In the mean time, I’ve worked privately with a wide variety of students, including students struggling to keep up in math class as well as sharp youngsters who kept me on my toes. Since 2015, I’ve been teaching the Transition School math class at the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars. For more information on my experience, education, and qualifications, take a look at my resume.