Instructor Spotlight: Richard Woodley

Aug 7, 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 August instructor spotlight is Richard Woodley!

What did you do before Mathnasium?

"Before coming to Mathnasium, I tutored math at Forsyth Tech. I also work with children with disabilities through Easter Seals."

Where do you attend college and what's your major?
"I'm a senior in Electrical Engineering at NC State University"

What was your biggest academic achievement in high school?
"Being home schooled was tough...but I managed to graduate #1 in my class. "

What was your biggest academic challenge in high school? 
"I always struggled with math growing up, until my mother convinced me that I actually liked math."

What is your favorite subject? (Other than math!)
"Recess! Seriously. If that doesn't count...history."

What is your favorite thing about working at Mathnasium?
"I enjoy having fun with the kids and getting to know their different personalities. It's great seeing kids finally enjoy math...and a lot of times they don't even realize they're having fun. Oh yeah, and I also enjoy driving our Center Director, Hannah, crazy."

What's your favorite color?
"Anything except baby blue."

What is your dream job?
"I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up."

What are some of your favorite hobbies and pastimes?
"I'm an Electrical Engineering student, school is my hobby...and I don't know what pastimes are. But when I do have a little bit of free time, I like hanging out with friends (especially outdoors)."

What are your favorite words of wisdom?
"Don't say "can't." Take the apostrophe t off of can't, and what do you have?" (My dad)

"Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:34)

"Never give in- never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense." (Winston Churchill)