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Faculty Friday: Mr. Robert Santoro

Robert Santoro

 

7th and 8th Grade Math Teacher

 

Education: B.A. in Secondary Education from Marist College; Masters of Education from University of Bridgeport; Certified in CT and NY.

 

What are some of the guiding principles in your classroom?

Critical thinking and problem-solving are essential skills inherent to our math curriculum. I believe that being “hands-on” and collaborative is important - it helps students to understand that there can be more than one way to solve a problem.

 

What surprises you about your students?

When I started at GCS last year, I was given the unique opportunity to teach both 7th and 8th grade math, which allows me to guide and observe the students’ progression from year-to-year. While it’s not surprising that GCS students are hard-working, seeing their genuine eagerness to learn new concepts and challenge themselves is extremely rewarding. I’m happy to hear that many of my 8th grade students from last year placed into Advanced Math courses in high school. It’s a testament to their hard work and determination.

 

How does the math curriculum allow students to excel in other subject areas?

Math provides a foundation that’s used throughout STEM-related classes, both here at GCS and as students move on to high school. The math and science teachers in the Upper School often work together to find opportunities that allow students to apply concepts from math into scientific situations, and vice versa. We also spend time in class talking about the mathematical process and finding connections to real life examples, so students recognize the relationship between math and everyday life.

 

What keeps you busy when you’re not at GCS?

I love watching and coaching sports, so I enjoyed coaching 8th Grade Basketball and Upper School Baseball last year, and hope to help with those teams again. My fantasy football league is keeping me busy this fall (with a winning record so far!). On the weekends you’ll typically find me playing rec league beach volleyball or basketball and spending time with friends.

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