The role of a teacher is to help guide the intellectual, socioemotional, and moral development of younger generations so that they have the tools and drive to become productive members of society and bring about social justice.”

Lawrence’s Story

Teaching Discipline

Mathematics

Why Mathematics

“I love math for its logic, creativity, and collaboration, and I want to engage students in this type of mathematical work. As a teacher, I want to help students deeply understand math and experience it as logical, creative, and collaborative.”

Professional Experience

Lawrence has completed numerous internships. In summer 2015, he helped a graduate student (now Dr. Kim Seashore) conduct math education research at the University of California, Berkeley around teachers’ use of formative assessment lessons to elicit student thinking. With Dr. Seashore, he also teamed up with two other colleagues, Alyssa Sayavedra and Sarah Firestone, to write and submit a proposal paper to American Educational Research Association and present at a roundtable at the subsequent AERA annual meeting.

In summer 2016, as part of a research methodology course, Lawrence traveled to Beijing, China and conducted cross-cultural psychology research with students at Beijing Normal University. He also participated in a National Science Foundation-funded research experience for pre- and in-service secondary math teachers at Illinois State University. Through this program, he worked in a team with current teachers, Alexander Fischer and Steven DeShong, to conduct research in graph theory, publish results in a paper, and deliver two presentations. Additionally, Lawrence worked with the rest of the program participants to devise and teach a one-week math research camp for high school students from Chicago Public Schools.

In summer 2017, Lawrence participated in the Summer Education Research Program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Under the guidance of faculty mentor Dr. Erika Bullock, he conducted research examining the current goals for mathematics education as they manifest in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematic’s 2014 publication Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All and The Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve.

For three years, Lawrence worked as a tutor for high school and college mathematics students in different contexts. For two semesters, he worked as a course assistant at the University of Michigan for a math content course for secondary math teachers and an introductory course in probability.

In May 2017, Lawrence worked with the organization UTK United Technologies for Kids and another undergraduate at the University of Michigan, Cameron Gagnon, to develop and teach a three-week, project-based learning class in 3D modeling and printing, Python programming, and Arduinos to three classes of secondary students in Medellín, Colombia.

Lawrence will begin teaching at MetWest High School during the 2018–2019 school year.

Volunteer Experience

While at the University of Michigan (U-M), Lawrence volunteered with the student organization STEM Society and U-M’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Children and Youth Program. STEM Society is a student organization sponsored by the Math Department that aims to spark high school students’ interest and excitement in STEM fields. The MLK Children and Youth Program is an annual campus event held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in which more than 400 local grade school students learn about Martin Luther King Jr. though large auditorium performances and classroom activities.

Hobbies

Lawrence enjoys playing jazz piano and watching the Oakland Athletics play baseball.  

Academic Background

  • University of Michigan (Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics)