An introduction to Ms. Nguyen, a first year teacher who’s been at Silver Creek since she was fourteen.
Ms. Nguyen herself had been a student at Silver Creek since freshman year. It was where she began her high school career. Coincidentally, her math teacher was the original Ms. Nguyen in the math department. After graduating from her credential program she began her teaching career at Quimby Oak Middle School where she taught 8th graders for six years. Although she enjoyed teaching middle school students, Ms. Nguyen had yearned to move up higher with her degree in mathematics. Luckily, at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, Silver Creek had an opening.
“So I jumped right on that opportunity,” she said.
The journey that Ms.Nguyen had taken in order to become the successful math teacher she is today wasn’t easy. At the age of five, she along with her family, immigrated to the United States. Being in a whole different country with new people who all speak a foreign language was difficult. Nguyen’s kindergarten teacher played a huge role in the improvement of her English skills. The support Ms. Nguyen had from her kindergarten teacher made her believe in herself and realize the passion she has for teaching.
“When I started kindergarten, I did not speak any English and I was lucky enough to have a teacher who was Vietnamese,” she said.
Alongside math, Ms. Nguyen enjoys doing arts and crafts in her free time. Recently, she picked up knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Her passion for DIYs help add more color and fun creations throughout her home and classroom. Sports are also something that plays a huge role in her life, especially basketball.
“I’ve been a Golden State Warriors fan for over 20 years – been through the good times and the (oh so) bad times,” she said.
The many hobbies that Ms. Nguyen partakes in will always be a big part of her life, but math and being a teacher is something she’s loved from the very beginning till now.
“I’m passionate about teaching in general because I really enjoy working with students, building relationships, and making lasting connections. The rewards of teaching come from watching my students grow, not just in math but also into good human beings. I want to do whatever I can to instill in them the right habits and mindset to be successful in the next steps of their lives.”