Our “Why I Teach” series resumes with middle school math teacher Jake Friedman whose busy first year at CCSC has also included coaching the girls varsity soccer team and the boys varsity basketball team. Raised in Lexington and educated at Duke University, Mr. Friedman brings his intense drive and high expectations to both the classroom and the playing field/court.
Why I Teach by Jake Friedman
I started to get the sense that I wanted to be a teacher my junior year of high school when a particularly powerful assignment challenged me to think about my impact on the world. I knew I wanted to be able to impact the lives of others on a daily basis. I saw teaching as the perfect avenue to do so.
While I love United States history and focused my undergraduate studies in that field, my true calling as a teacher is in mathematics. I love the feeling of accomplishment after solving a difficult math problem that I really had to struggle through. One of my goals as a teacher is to help guide every one of my students to experience that struggle and the reward of persevering.
I am excited to teach at CCSC because of the sense of the community here and the school’s core values. I was delighted to hear students talk about how they see CCSC as different from other schools because it is such a tight-knit community. One of my favorite parts of working in a school is the opportunity to build strong relationships with students.
The two CCSC values that mean the most to me are commitment and citizenship. I was fortunate enough to work for an elite college women’s basketball team and I got to see firsthand what it takes to perform at the highest level. This team was able to accomplish so much due to a unique commitment to their goals that manifested itself in a phenomenal work ethic. It was also clear that the commitment these athletes demonstrated derived from a powerful sense of citizenship within their team, their family.
When my students look back on my class, whether it be at the end of the school year or ten years down the road, I hope they remember three things. One is a moment in which they overcame a problem they thought they could not do. The other two are the values of commitment and teamwork.
Jake Friedman graduated from Duke University and was trained at the Match Teacher Residency Program. He teaches Integrated Math B, advises 6th grade students, and coaches two varsity teams.