Melanie Del Rosario
I am very excited to join New West as I begin my 5th year as a high school math teacher. I was born right here in Los Angeles and enjoyed spending my days at the beach or in the pool. I played water polo in high school and I still swim regularly to this day. I have had a passion for teaching since I was in high school and working as a tutor. And the confidence I gained in my math classes helped me lead as a team captain, member of student government, and community leader. So I decided to pursue a career as a math teacher to help others gain the confidence that comes from being good at math. I studied math education and physical education at Brigham Young University - Idaho where I graduated in 2016 with Bachelor of Science. In the pursuit of lifelong learning, I also lived for nearly 2 years in Peru where I learned and became fluent in Spanish. I also pursued a Master of Education degree in Instructional Design while teaching in Las Vegas, Nevada. I recently graduated from that program in 2020 and decided to continue my teaching career where I began in Los Angeles. I enjoy learning new things and pursuing new hobbies.
As a math teacher, I emphasize the process of problem solving. It isn't about getting the right answer; it is about how you get there. Students are encouraged to share their ideas for how to solve a problem and we learn by looking at each other's perspectives to gain a broader understanding of the concepts. We look at math in its context and apply the material to the world around us. I am a firm believer that failure is a step towards success and I encourage students to try without fear of failure. We then analyze our mistakes, adjust our approach, and continue towards success. Although every student will likely not pursue a career as a mathematician, I hope that each of my students gains the skills necessary to persist in solving problems wherever they may find them.