MƒA EARLY CAREER TEACHER
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Kelsey Siegel used to question if she’d ever find a community that shared her same passion and enthusiasm for teaching and mathematics. Now as an MƒA Early Career Teacher, Kelsey is thrilled to collaborate with fellow MƒA teachers who offer her an endless supply of teaching ideas she can bring back to her classroom. “MƒA has given me the confidence to try new things and know that there is an incredible group of like-minded individuals that I can always turn to for support and guidance.” She adds that all MƒA teachers essentially want the same thing, “to ignite a passion for learning in each and every one of our students.”
Take a look inside Kelsey’s mathematics classroom and you’ll find trash-ketball unit review sessions using recycled homework sheets or classical music playing as students relax before an exam. Beyond the surface, Kelsey creates a safe space where students are given room to grow, think, and take risks. “I love watching my students unleash a potential they never thought they had and show their creativity. I feel lucky to be in a profession that encourages a growth mindset where success is measured with everyone involved, not just an individual.”
Kelsey earned her B.A. in Mathematics and Dance from Wesleyan University and M.S. in Education: Adolescent Mathematics from St. John’s University. She is also a New York City Teaching Fellow. Kelsey recently submitted her first course proposal for the upcoming school year and looks forward to her continued professional growth. “MƒA gives me hope, space, and the community I need to reflect, learn, and build my practice."