Sowing the Seeds of Mathematical Success
Meghan Pomeroy ’15 gets jumpstart on teaching career
It’s been said that teaching is a lifelong learning process. For Meghan Pomeroy ’15, an aspiring mathematics teacher, the opportunity to teach and mold young minds can’t begin soon enough.
A senior at Syracuse University, Pomeroy is majoring in mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences and in secondary mathematics education in the School of Education (SoE). She comes from a long line of family members who’ve gotten their start at Syracuse. Hence, she has been rooting for the Orange for as long as can remember.
“I’ve been going to Syracuse basketball games all my life,” says the Manlius, N.Y., resident. “So when it came time to choose a college, Syracuse seemed like a logical choice. It has a great campus, a terrific mathematics department, and is close to home.”
When Pomeroy is not at Syracuse, she may be found student-teaching at Nottingham High School, preparing for the New York State Teacher Certification Examination, or tutoring area students.
One of them is Isabelle Enslin, the 12-year-old daughter of Rob Enslin, an Arts and Sciences staffer.
“When we, as a family, decided to homeschool Isabelle, we realized that we needed some outside help,” Rob says. “Meghan came highly recommended to us [by Syracuse] and has quickly endeared herself to Isabelle. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”
Rob adds that, in addition to traditional tutoring, Pomeroy excels at field work. He recalls a recent lesson in which Pomeroy took Isabelle to Destiny USA to learn about sale prices and percent discounts. “Isabelle hates shopping malls, but, somehow, Meghan inspired her to push through,” Rob says. “They came back with several pages of notes.”
With graduation fast approaching, Pomeroy credits both Arts and Sciences and SoE for her success, in and out of the classroom. Her ultimate goal is to earn a master’s degree so she can teach at a high-needs school.
“Syracuse has prepared me entirely for my future,” she says. “So many people in the mathematics department and the mathematics education program have given me hands-on guidance. I’m a better teacher and a better person, as a result.”