The Five Year Plan

When I started my undergraduate degree in chemistry, I had no idea what I wanted to do after graduation. However, after one semester of studying I realized that I wanted to be a professor, specifically in mathematics. The idea of explaining a concept to a class, demonstrating it to them, and then evaluating their knowledge of the concept was fascinating to me. I ended up graduating with a degree in mathematics and computing science, which was very different to what I started studying in. When I began my Master’s degree, I was still fixed on the idea of teaching, but I was unsure how to get into the field. I was lucky enough to be approached during my studies by one of my professors in regards to teaching a class! This is how my teaching career began. I am now teaching in a full-time permanent position (in computer business systems as opposed to mathematics) but this is not the end of my career goals.

I would eventually like to transition into teaching mathematics and statistics for business students which I was able to do for a semester while another instructor was sick. While I’m waiting for this transition to take place I have been completing the Provincial Instructor Diploma to improve my teaching skills, knowledge, and attitudes. I will eventually begin a PhD in adult education, possibly in September next year. If there is any sort of delay starting the PhD I may also complete a Microsoft Office Specialist designation as it is related to the current field I am teaching in. So that’s my five year plan!


About simoncrothers

I am an Australian who moved to British Columbia, Canada with my family in 1998. After completing my undergraduate degree in mathematics and computing science at Simon Fraser University, I moved back to Australia for several years. During this time I completed a Masters in Computational Mathematics and began my teaching career in mathematics at the University of New South Wales. In 2010, I moved back to Canada and taught computer science at Douglas College for three years. I am currently regular faculty in the Computer Business Systems department at KPU. I have also taught some courses in the Business and Quantitative Methods department at KPU. In my spare time I like to spend time with my wife Jami, who I met in Australia, our three year old daughter Lillian, and our newly born son Aiden. I also like to indulge in the occasional video game and I am involved in various self-employed web development projects.
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3 Responses to The Five Year Plan

  1. lenandlar says:

    Like reading your post. Thinking PhD here myself. There’s nothing like a love for teaching. How’s different or similar is it teaching business students as opposed to say a maths or cs student ? I ocassionally teach computer stuff to biz students and find it challenging at times especially when I try to push.

    • I find when teaching mathematics to business students they need to see the real-world application of the material in order to be motivated to learn it. When teaching mathematics to mathematics or computing science students they typically already have a passion of mathematics so they don’t need much of a push to want to learn the material.

      • lenandlar says:

        That’s a simple but very practical point to keep in mind. I share similar experiences in computing. For example if I’m teaching them Internet or programming they prefer to learn how they can use this than say all the nitty gritty stuff

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