Math teacher writes code and speaks Spanish

Behind the Whiteboard: Laura Glass

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Sylvie Oang, The Freelancer

Nala Osorio, Staff Writer

Everyone has had to take a math class here at La Serna and some have been lucky enough to have Laura Glass as their teacher. From math concepts to quirky jokes, Glass has been many students’ favorite teacher.  Glass has been the AP Calculus AB teacher for seven years here at La Serna. She also teaches Geometry, Honors Geometry, Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus, and will be the first ever AP Computer Science teacher here at La Serna for the 2016-2017 school year. She is also the co-adviser for Expanded Horizons alongside Megan McGregor, the College and Career Adviser in College Corner, and helps with the WASC report every year.

Glass grew up near Santa Barbara, and attended UC San Diego to pursue a math career. She is a step mom to two grown kids.  Her favorite music is Top 40 music and country music, but not too twangy. Her favorite teacher was her math teacher in high school who inspired her to pursue a career in teaching. Her hobbies include traveling with her husband, she is now learning to code, and enjoys reading books such as Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, The Hunger Games, and The Twilight Saga along with a few of John Grisham’s works.

Describe yourself in high school.

I was very much a nerd. I liked math and learning.

What is your craziest memory as a teacher?

Once at another school I taught at, a student had to use the restroom, so I gave a student a stapler as a pass, and he came back later with security because he was using the stapler on his arms.

If you could teach another subject, what would it be?

Probably Spanish.

What is the most rewarding part of teaching?

I really like working with students and I love when they understand the concepts.

What is the last lie you told?

I’m not sure. I try pretty hard not to lie.

If you could go back in time to any period of history, where would you go?

Martin Luther King’s Walk on Washington speech because he was so inspiring and motivated so many people, and I think it’d be awesome to be there.

What is your favorite word?

Calculus.

What did you love most about the place you grew up in?

Probably the strong friendships I made and still have with people.

What is your most bizarre talent?

I wouldn’t say bizarre, but instead interesting, would be that I know many languages.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Australia, Japan, [and] Italy, because I love seeing all the cultures, the people, and the food is great. You also appreciate home more when you come back.

What are you most afraid of?

Spiders. Not kidding. Hate ’em; maybe death too, but spiders give me more of a panic attack.

Describe yourself in one word.

NERD.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Maybe something like the invisibility cloak like Harry Potter.