Instructor Spotlight: Jason Thompson

Jul 14, 2015 | Apex

Each month we are going to spotlight one of our A+ instructors! Our staff members come from different backgrounds and have a variety of views on math, education, and life.

Our July instructor spotlight is Jason Thompson!

What did you do before Mathnasium?
"My main job before Mathnasium was math tutoring at school. For five years, I tutored students from 4th to 9th grade."

Where will you attend college and what's your planned major?
"In August, I will attend North Carolina State University. I plan to double major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics."

What was your biggest academic achievement in high school?
"Being named a National Merit Scholar"

What was your biggest academic challenge in high school? 
"The toughest challenge was writing my National Merit Scholarship essay while I had a concussion. I would write a sentence, then get a headache and have to take a break. Other than that, my high school literature classes were incredibly difficult. I did well, but it took hours and hours of work."

What is your favorite subject? (Other than math!)
"History and politics. I wrote my senior thesis paper in defense of the Electoral College."

What is your favorite thing about working at Mathnasium?
"I love getting to do math all the time, but the best part is when students have "lightbulb moments." Helping kids understand and even enjoy math makes this job amazing. It's great to work with so many kids while still having personal interactions with all of them."

What's your favorite color?
"Red for the NC State Wolfpack!"

What is your dream job?
"I would love to be a basketball coach. More realistically, I hope to become an advanced sports statistician. The opportunity to combine math and sports would keep my job from feeling like work."

What are some of your favorite hobbies and pastimes?
"I love playing and watching all sports. I also enjoy singing, country music, playing with my pet bunny, and playing with my younger sister."

What are your favorite words of wisdom?
"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold." (Proverbs 22:1)

"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." (John Wooden)

"A man really believes not what he recites in his creed, but only the things he is ready to die for." (Richard Wurmbrand)