Daniel Shadock

Teacher, Traveler, Mathematician

As you might have guessed, my three greatest passions are teaching, travel, and mathematics.

Teaching.

Teaching is the art and science of connecting with students to share the excitement and passion of the teacher. I have been teaching mathematics since 2006 and I love my profession. I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to teach around the world. What I enjoy most about teaching is the chance to learn from both my students and colleagues.

The first four years, I taught in New York City at Bushwick Leaders' High School for Academic Excellence in Bushwick, Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, I taught every mathematics course from algebra to calculus, as well as, earth science, biology, and physics.

I then taught for four years at Shenzhen Foreign Languages Senior High School in Shenzhen, People's Republic of China. I taught Advanced Placement Calculus BC and Statistics to top performing Chinese nationals who are interested in attending American Universities.

I currently teach at the International School of Curitiba in Brazil. Here, I teach International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level and Standard Level mathematics for the Diploma Programme.

Travel.

"Traveling, it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." Ibn Battuta

Travel gives one the opportunity to explore the food, music, culture and history of somewhere else, while also allowing us to see our own home from a new perspective. I am an avid traveler, and have had the opportunity to travel to 44 foreign countries, on 5 continents, and counting. Some of my favorites are Guatemala, Thailand, and Malaysia.


From left to right: Mayan temples in Tikal, Guatemala; Buddhist statues in Thailand; Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.

Mathematics.

It is beautiful, challenging, and sometimes frustrating, but that is part of the appeal. It is also a field in which the more you learn, the more you realize how much you don't know. I spend much of my free time reading books on both mathematics and its history and searching for interesting problems (for both my students and myself).

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