Christian Zuniega - NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency Program

Christian Zuniega

Christian Zuniega
REGION:
San Francisco, CA
SCHOOL:
San Francisco Unified School District
SUBJECT:
Mathematics
HOMETOWN:
Oakland, CA
DEGREES:
University of California, Berkeley - BA, Applied Mathematics
HOBBIES AND TALENTS:
My hobbies include teaching myself how to play guitar, cooking myself meals, and playing video games. But most of all, I love watching tv. Some of my favorite shows are RuPaul's Drag Race, American Horror Story, and America's Got Talent. Some hidden talents I have are being double jointed.

About Me

Im a 23-year-old gay first generation Filipino American. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but grew up in Walnut, California in Southern California. Growing up, I have always had a talent for math and an interest in anything involving math or logic. I attended UC Berkeley for 4 years to earn my undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. Since then, I have been working for the Blueprint Schools Network under a fellowship that allowed me to teach math to small groups of 6th and 7th graders full time while having professional development sessions.

What about the residency are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to learning more about my craft of pedagogy so that I can use my skills to help those who struggle in math. I also look forward to working with many like-minded individuals so I can grow from their experiences, but also have my input taken into account.

Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?

My college professor Zvezdelina Stankova has been my favorite teacher and an inspiration to me to pursue math. She was able to break down complex concepts, such as linear algebra, into smaller digestible parts that kept me both intrigued, yet challenged. She even brought a jovial outlook to math with every class. I enjoyed her teaching so much that I took 3 of her classes during college.