Kyle Prince

Algebra 2 teacher, Central Magnet School, Rutherford County

Most people don’t jump out of bed, excited to teach math to teenagers, but Kyle Prince is an exception. He wakes up every day with a passion for his subject and his high school students because he believes his enthusiasm makes a significant difference. “Excitement about a subject transforms the way students perceive learning,” he says.

Dr. Prince reflects on his teaching often and implements new strategies to better explain ideas and help his student grasp new concepts faster and more deeply. One new strategy he is implementing is shifting from a teacher-centered classroom to a student-centered one. Instead of students working individually at their desks, he’s shifted his class into small groups, encouraging them to share, explore, and discuss math concepts and ideas.

“These changes have made a significant difference in my students’ ability to reason and make sense of problems,” he explains.

And if his students can learn algebra and increase their problem-solving skills, he’s confident they will have a brighter future. “Math allows us to understand the world around us and make sense of things,” he says.

Bio: Kyle Prince has been a teacher for seven years. He teachers Algebra 2 at Central Magnet School in Rutherford County. He will receive his Ph.D in Math this year and he’s received his Master in Science Teaching (Mathematics) and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and watching and playing sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @princeofalgebra.

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