Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by editor0
Get to Know . . . Ted Jankowski, Math Faculty
Ted Jankowski is a new full-time faculty member in the Mathematics Department at Wright College. He will be teaching developmental math courses to students who need a refresher in math, preparing them for the higher level math courses necessary for graduation. He will also be teaching other math courses as needed.
WCN: What is your favorite aspect of teaching math?
Ted: I enjoy incorporating group learning activities in the classroom setting and having students learn by active collaboration whenever possible. It’s far too boring to just lecture, both for the students and the instructor. Instead, students learn best by doing. As Confucius said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
WCN: What is your background in math instruction?
Ted: I’ve been developing my craft for many years; two years as a part-time instructor at Kennedy-King College, and nine years as a full-time instructor at ITT Technical Institute.
WCN: Why did you choose math instruction as a profession?
Ted: My calculus teacher in high school had a profound influence on me. It was a difficult and rigorous course to take in high school, but I learned only through hours and hours of dedicated practice and by sheer determination. Not many of my colleagues liked our teacher because he was so tough, but he did teach us self-discipline, something we all needed to succeed in college and in our later careers. I ended up being a mechanical engineer, but I never really tried teaching until I joined the Peace Corps for a few years and taught at a high school in rural Zimbabwe. It was challenging, I admit. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful life changing experience, one which I still fondly remember.
WCN: What might we find you doing when you’re not teaching at Wright?
Ted: I was born and raised in Chicago and now live near Jefferson Park. It’s great living in Chicago, and I intend on staying here. It’s a great vibrant cosmopolitan city. I’m an avid runner. Each year I try to run a full marathon, and hopefully I will run my 12th this October. I mainly do it for the exercise and comradery. Training for a marathon is serious business. It takes 18 weeks to complete; but once you cross that finish line, you’re hooked and begin thinking of your next race. I also like the outdoors, as in hiking, bike riding, fishing, camping and the like. Being outdoors gives you a sense of your place in the world.
WCN: What are your goals for the Fall 2014 Semester?
Ted: I hope to learn all I can to become part of the Wright College community.