Helston joins math department

Joshua Helston, the Former Assistant Professor and Chair of the Math department of Mount Saint Mary’s University, joined the upper school math department this year. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, Helston earned an master’s degree in mathematics from UCLA. 

Math department head leaves suddenly

Upper School Math Department Head Suzanne Lee resigned from the school effective immediately, Head of School Laura Ross announced in an email to her students Jan. 1. Lee resigned for personal reasons, according to Ross. During Lee’s tenure at the school, she taught math classes for over 20 years and was appointed department chair in […]

Math department head resigns midyear

Math Department Head Suzanne Lee has resigned from her position, effective immediately, Head of School Laura Ross announced in an email to her students Monday. Math teacher Kent Nealis will step in as interim department chair, and several math teachers will take over her AP BC Calculus 11, Trigonometry and Functions and Precalculus classes. “I […]

Kathleen O’Connor: Math

Kathleen O’Connor: Math

Los Angeles native Kathleen O’Connor became a member of the upper school math department, teaching Algebra II and Advanced Placement Computer Science after three years of teaching experience in mathematics. O’Connor has always been interested in mathematics, earning degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Northridge. “Everything just kind of […]

Woo Young Sim: Math

Woo Young Sim: Math

Woo Sim is teaching Algebra II Honors, Algebra II with Analysis and Precalculus at the Upper School. “Looking at the type of institutions that are both great for students and as a place to work for, you can’t do better than Harvard-Westlake,” Sim said. Before teaching at the school, Sim taught calculus at the University […]

Laffite Lamberto-Egan: Math

Laffite Lamberto-Egan: Math

Laffite Lamberto-Egan, who recently earned his doctorate, became a new member of the mathematics department this year. He will be teaching Advanced Placement Statistics, Introduction to Calculus Honors and Topics in Calculus and Statistics. “[I will bring] an excitement for math. I love teaching, and I love math,” Lamberto-Egan said. “I’m really excited to get […]

Math department chair departs after 17 years to care for ill mother

Upper School Math Department Chair Paula Evans will not return to teach next year. Evans said she had anticipated leaving at the end of the school year; however, plans changed when her mother became extremely ill, requiring full-time care. Evans now resides with her in Northern California. “[Evans] left a few weeks ago to attend […]

Students develop bracket prediction software robot

A group of students are working with the Math Department to develop the NCAA Basketball Predictor Bot to predict the results of the March Madness tournament using statistics and sports analysis. The Math Department will also challenge all students to attempt to create a more accurate tournament bracket than the Bot in a school-wide Bracketology […]

'One-to-one' initiative to explore digital teaching

By David Lim This April, teachers unboxed their new iPads in the first step towards a one-to-one computing initiative that will push for every student to have their own computing device starting at the Middle School in 2013. Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts emphasized the timing is right for the expansive computer program, calling the […]

Departments add many new courses

By Eli Haims   In the past four years, numerous new classes have been added to the curriculum, ranging from Advanced Placement Chinese to Studies in Scientific Research. The foreign language department has added AP Chinese, Directed Studies in Greek, Directed Studies in Italian, French Literature Honors and Latin Literature Honors. The two honors literature […]