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Pere JacksonMidwest Crossroads AGEP
Indiana University, Bloomington
Pere Jackson is a second-year graduate student at the IU-Bloomington Department of Mathematics. He returned to academia after a 3-year stint with the New York Teaching Fellows following college. After majoring in Economics at Lehman College (CUNY), Pere taught mathematics to students at an underserved New York City high school while earning a master’s degree in education. Upon completion of that experience, Pere decided to pursue an advanced degree in mathematics, in part to contribute to the field of math education.
High school teachers of his own kindled Pere’s interest in further study of math and economics. A persistent pre-calculus teacher concerned herself with Pere’s performance in class. His economics teacher gave him books to read about great thinkers of the past, stimulating his love of knowledge. This compelled Pere toward intellectual pursuits and is a reason why he now pursuing a doctorate. He enjoys the study of the mathematical concepts that most of us never end up contemplating. However, he wants to dispel the notion that math is harder than other subjects, attributing the majority success in math to effort and perseverance.
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