Our STEM team is growing with Emily Duncan joining the BrainBoost crew! Read about her interests, views, and how she feels about the STEM field.

There’s a perception that men are “better” at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) generally than women. How do you feel about this statement? How are women participating more in the maths field? Are there any specific women who inspire you in maths?
There may be more men than women who work in STEM, but it’s certainly not fair to say they are better. It’s not a competition which gender is better, it’s about what we can do with this knowledge and how we can work together! Both men and women have lots of knowledge, but women can be better communicators and planners. I think women are participating more in math fields by being inspired by other strong women in math. I am also inspired by my female peers who are in math. Specifically girlfriends from my undergraduate degree and the other strong STEM women here at BrainBoost.

How did you get into teaching?
During my university days in Kelowna, I initially got into teaching through private tutoring. My friends needed help with statistics and I loved the content. I enjoy witnessing the lightbulb moment and seeing their sense of accomplishment. After this, I started to help lots of my friends and friends of friends and so on. It’s very fulfilling to help others in this way.

What makes a math session or class with you different? What’s your teaching style?
I am often reminded by my students about my loud voice and energy in session. I feel so passionate about math, I strive to give my students all the tools they need to succeed. First, I try to build a strong rapport with my students, and try to fill in the gaps to help with their future years in math or STEM. It’s also important to me that I show my students the applications of math in their everyday life.

What makes BrainBoost unique?
I think the dynamic between students and teachers is really amazing at BrainBoost. While we are educators, I think we also add a lot to their social experience. I may teach math but these kids are teaching me something new everyday. The community is very inspiring and always makes me want to improve.

Tell me about one of your hobbies. How did you get into it? How does it impact your teaching style?
I am passionate about powerlifting and snowboarding. These hobbies require a lot of practice, perseverance, and dedication. I teach math, but that’s really just the vessel for teaching these same skills that I find so important. I want my students to be able to succeed in all areas of their life, not just education.