Tatyana Zaliznyak

Current classes

About me

I got my M. Sc. in physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and I currently work as a research scientist at the Pharmacological Sciences Department of Stony Brook University. My scientific interests lie in structural biology and biophysics, and, as a scientist in these fields, I appreciate the value of a thorough mathematical education. I believe that it is crucial for children to have a strong foundation of mathematical knowledge and reasoning ability, built throughout elementary and middle school, in order to take full advantage of the often difficult mathematical and scientific courses offered throughout high school and college. As a child, I had the opportunity of learning math and physics at a Saturday program for advanced middle and high school students at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. This provided me with a very good example of how these difficult subjects can be taught in a way that is both clear and engaging to young students. Raising my two children has also given me insight into the way math is taught in schools, and has allowed me to learn some of the means by which to enrich this critical childhood learning. For several years, I taught math for grades 4, 5, and 6 at SchoolNova; this year, I am teaching math 4 and a new experimental course - Accelerated math.

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