In this series, we sit down with our teachers and ask them about their experiences teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont, what motivates them, and some other fun questions. Today we talk with Ms. Taylor Small, one of our Math/Science Subject Expert Teachers.
What do you enjoy the most about teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont?
Our students love math! We are fortunate to have students and families who value and instill the importance of mathematics and critical thinking!
What do you hope students take away from your classes?
I hope my students learn to be diligent in their work. From day one, I stress the importance of fully answering questions, labelling, and taking responsibility for their actions. In addition, I hope that all of my students feel that my classroom is a place to ask questions and become confident in their mathematical skills.
Can you think of a memorable anecdote from teaching at BASIS Independent Fremont?
There are so many, that it would be impossible to think of just one! I love coming to work every day because, although the classes are the same from day to day, no two days are alike.
What do you enjoy doing outside of teaching?
I love to travel. Last school year, I visited 25 countries! In addition, I like to find new craft projects to work on in the evenings.
Can you share some of your accomplishments or awards?
I have been fortunate to have worked/studied/taught in several countries around the world. I studied spaceflight above the Arctic Circle, taught in high schools in rural Japan, and gained my Master’s degree in Space Physiology from the prestigious King’s College London.
Do you have a favorite author, quote, or artist?
Favorite quote: “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert
Favorite author: Ruth Elwin Harris
Favorite artist: Niki de Saint Phalle
Is there someone who you consider to be an inspiration? If so, who are they, and why are they an inspiration to you?
My 6th grade English teacher Mr. Moule. He always seemed hard to please and never gave praise freely. He taught me to work extra hard, on every assignment, every piece of work I did. When he finally gave his praise, you knew you had truly earned it.