Brock Burkett has spent his entire life asking "why?" To date, his parents, teachers, friends and even employers have given him answers when they have them, pointed him to encyclopedias and the Internet when they don't, and always encouraged him to stay curious. Brock asks his students to be equally curious ... correct answers in math are great, but knowing how and why students get these answers is much more important. Brock cares deeply about teaching the story of math: knowing how it's all connected is the key to success!
Brock graduated from Hunter College with a Masters of Arts in Math Education and from Brandeis University with a Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science/Math. He has had long-standing careers in software development, medical engineering, business intelligence, record label management and DJ performance. When not in the classroom, Brock can be found hiking, camping and rock climbing in upstate New York or in US National Parks.
Though he grew up not too far away in New Jersey, most of Jim’s adult life has been on the west coast, mostly in Seattle and more recently in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2015 he and his wife realized a lifelong dream by moving to NYC and have been loving it ever since. During his first career, as an architect, Jim designed hotels, conference centers, and retail centers throughout the US and around the world. His work took him to fascinating locations like India, China, and Saudi Arabia. As an architect Jim used math every day to solve practical problems, and as a math teacher he helps students discover that math is relevant and connected to many areas of their lives.
When he is not teaching he enjoys scuba diving, biking around the city, and collecting world globes (he’s got over 60!). Jim has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington and a Masters in Architecture from MIT. He is completing his Master of Science in Education degree at St. John’s University.