We are so proud of our teachers at Logos Academy! This month, we are featuring Dr. Huang – one of our Upper School teachers and Head of the Math Department. He holds a Masters in Curriculum Instruction, a Masters in Economics, and a PhD in Curriculum Instruction. He has been teaching for 12 years. We had a chance to catch up with Dr. Huang and are excited to share our conversation with him.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
When I was in high school I doubled-up on AP math and science classes partly because I wanted to pursue a career in biomedical engineering. I also thought about teaching history and literature later on in life when I was closer to retirement. Music was also an important part of my life growing up. I played the french horn, trombone, and euphonium in the band, orchestra, and the pit for musicals and I somewhat seriously considered pursuing a double-major or a minor in music.
Where are you from? What brought you to York?
I grew up in Fox Chapel, a suburb of Pittsburgh (go Steelers!…on a side note, Bill Cowher’s lived in my school district and I refereed his daughter’s soccer game once. The son of the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins was also in the same grade at my school). When I was a student at Penn State, I was in a relationship with a girl whose aunt taught in the South Western school district. We would come down to York every Easter to run a trail race so I had fond memories of York. When I received an offer to teach at Northeastern High School in Manchester, I took it and relocated to York.
What do you love about Logos?
The things that I love most about Logos Academy are the cultural diversity of the students and the caring, Christ-centered nature of the faculty and staff. I also felt a calling to build a stronger relationship with Christ and to serve Him through teaching youth in a kingdom school.
What is something our students would be surprised to learn about you?
I was very shy throughout elementary, middle, and high school. I also grew up in a family that struggled financially and looking back on my childhood, I appreciate the sacrifices of my parents to provide me with such an enriching upbringing. As is typical of Asian families, my parents pushed me hard to excel academically and to do well in music and athletics.
What sports did you play as a kid?
I played soccer for my school and for a club team and ran track and field (sprinting and jumping). During middle school and 9th grade I played basketball for my school team.
Do you have a favorite subject to teach? If so, why?
AP Human Geography. It combines physical science, economics, sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and other social sciences to analyze how humans interact with each other and the environment, develop and spread culture, and make decisions about the consumption of economic goods and services. The class gives students the tools to understand patterns and social phenomenon in our past and present and how our world may look like in the future. I love the rigor of the class since it is tied to the College Board’s AP exam and the discussions that arise from the many topics that are significant and relevant to the students’ lives. I also have had the wonderful opportunity to spend a week as an AP Reader talking to and interacting with other geography professors and AP teachers while grading the free-response sections of the AP Human Geography exam.