Episode 100: Maggie MacPhee, Grades 7-12 Math Teacher & Educator

July 27, 2021

Maggie MacPhee is passionate about math - not just learning and teaching it, but also examining it through a social justice lens and changing the narrative around its history. She joins Best of the WWEST producer Vanessa to get nerdy about math and board games, but also to talk about how she as a busy math teacher early in her career deals with stress, what books she’s reading, and what her favourite part of teaching math is, punctuated with lots of laughter.

(Please excuse any audio hiccups in this remotely recorded interview.)

Guest: Maggie MacPhee (Twitter)

Maggie MacPhee is a grade 7-12 mathematics teacher in Nova Scotia. Maggie studied Mathematics at Mount Allison University before completing her Education degree at St Francis Xavier. She is starting her Masters of Education in September at Mount Saint Vincent University. Maggie’s favourite math topics are graph theory, board games, and social justice through mathematics. When she's not teaching or learning, Maggie loves to spend as much time as she can by the ocean looking for sea glass and shells. 

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