New math teacher believes we can all be math people


Mrs. Giancola

Ms. Jackson, the newest addition to the math department, says that changing our mindset about math will help us excel.

Michaliah LiVecche, Staff Writer

Ms. Jackson joined the math department in September of 2016. Ms. Jackson’s goal is to change the mindset that either you’re a math person or you’re not. She is confident that she can help all of her students excel in math. “I really truly believe everyone can be successful,” she said.

Q: Why did you choose Gowanda?

A: I’m friends with Ms. Fantaske, and she spoke very highly about working here. Right away I wanted to look into it.

Q: Why do you think math is so difficult for students?

A: Most students already expect to do poorly. Many parents say it’s a hard subject, so the kids automatically think it is as well.

Q: Why did you want to become a teacher?

A: I had a lot of great experiences with my teachers. Teachers that taught poorly always made me think, “I can teach better than that.”

Q: Who was your role model?

A: My Grandmother. She’s always positive and optimistic, no matter what life throws her way.

Q: What do you do for a brain break?

A: I really like alone time, adult coloring books, yoga, and alternative music.

Q: Favorite guilty pleasure?

A: Chocolate, peanut butter pie, cookies, and anything sweet.

Q: What kind of student were you?

A: I was a quiet student; I didn’t raise my hand a lot. I loved seeing my friends and being in my classes (except history).

Q: Dogs or cats?

A: Dogs. My dog slowly became my parents’ dog. I have a miniature schnauzer named Hershey.

Q: Chocolate or vanilla?

A: Chocolate!

Q: Is there anything you binge watch?

A: Suits, Scandal, Friends, and Modern Family.

Q: What is your favorite possession?

A: I like antiques and things passed down. I really like things that have meaning, and history. My Grandmother gave me her mother’s wedding ring.

Ms. Jackson wants everyone to know that each student can be his or her own version of awesome.