My name is Leo Fitzsimons. This is my first year at Eastie. I'm teaching the Senior Mathematics Seminar this year, which is actually a course called Advanced Mathematical Decision Making (AMDM). AMDM was developed in 2009 at the Dana Center at the University of Texas. It was designed primarily to offer a worthwhile fourth year high school math course as an alternative to Precalculus, although it can also be taken as an elective. AMDM is a math applications course where we build on skills students have acquired up through Advanced Algebra. I volunteered to be the lone teacher piloting AMDM in the BPS last year and had a great time teaching it and watching my students' enthusiasm for the course grow. As one of my students said, "This was the most fun "non-math" math course I've ever taken!" I am definitely looking forward to bringing AMDM more into the mainstream here at EBHS as 120 seniors help me spread the word about how much fun higher-level math really can be!
I am now in my sixth year of teaching, having been trained via the Boston Teacher Residency Program after a wonderfully rewarding prior career as an electronics engineer. Along with math and physics, I am also certified to teach special education and get out of bed every morning because I 'need' to show students of all levels that math and science are doable and relevant, and that we might as well have some fun as long as we're here all day!
I grew up in the Fields Corner section of Dorchester, received my BSEE from Northeastern University am an Army veteran, have two grown children and currently live in Quincy - driving through The Tunnel every day!