There is a demand for qualified teachers at the secondary level, but there is an even greater need for quality mathematics teachers — teachers who care about both students and mathematics, teachers who have a broad and deep understanding of mathematics, and teachers who are thoroughly professional. The responsibilities are great, but the rewards are even greater.
Teaching mathematics is a challenge, a responsibility, and an opportunity. Learning to teach mathematics occurs through a variety of means: the study of a wide variety of mathematics, pedagogical preparation within a mathematical context, formal clinical preparation in education, an extended internship, and continual experiences as a student, learner, and problem solver.
As a prospective teacher, Western encourages students to focus on expanding their personal understanding of mathematics and capitalizing on opportunities to work with pre-college students as a tutor, classroom assistant, practicum student, and as a novice teacher in their internship. With access to both the Math Center as well as Woodring resources, students have dual communities to enhance and enrich their learning and teaching experiences.