Emily Dixon

Job: Math Teacher
Education: B.S. Smith College, M.S.Ed University of Pennsylvania

Teaching at Putney is dynamic because everything is the curriculum.

I spent a few years in the automotive and energy industries before moving into education. It was a big transition from my formative years at a women’s college. I didn’t see the representation I was hoping for in technical roles and found it hard to find mentors. So I decided to move into education and encourage more underrepresented students to pursue engineering, science, and math. I first came to Putney in 2016 to teach math for a trimester and loved it. I left to pursue graduate school in education and returned to Putney a few years later.  

Teaching at Putney is dynamic because everything is the curriculum. I’m currently spending time working to make Calculus more relatable by working with students to build real-world curriculum around backpropagation and PID control. I love that people are encouraged to ask complicated questions at Putney. When I’m designing a computer science class I’m thinking about differentiation, antiracism, teaching students how to use github, and representation in YouTube tutorials. It’s all-encompassing work. An average workday is everything from catching leeches in the puddle, getting feedback from a student about how to improve a lesson, going on a dog walk in the woods with a coworker, to hosting raucous Calculus study hours in the Huseby common room in the evening. It’s busy and exhausting but never boring.

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