MAP Teaching Assistant Greg Hambrecht "Amazing and Precious" Moments

Greg’s passion for education began when his high school English teacher inspired him to want to make a difference in the world through the power of teaching. He began by correcting papers during summers at Sacred Heart High School, and when he saw the ad for the ALearn Teaching Assistant (TA) for MAP while at Santa Clara University, he immediately applied. He was offered the position on the spot and worked at Oak Grove the first summer and Evergreen at McKinley the second summer.

Greg was most amazed by the impact of the Math Acceleration Program (MAP) class on the kids who were the most challenged. On the first day, the teacher asked Greg to provide 1:1 support with two of the students that needed the most attention. One of those students told him “I’m stupid – I’m terrible at math and I don’t want to even try”. So every day, “Mr. Greg” provided positive feedback and attempted to make the math problems interesting by presenting the problems in context of everyday life rather than using algebraic expressions. The student eventually thanked him for making math “fun”.

Greg was also moved by the happy and proud looks on the student’s faces once they got their first A. Greg was able to film many of these moments and shared it during the “end of program” celebration, which brought tears to many of the student’s parents. These moments were both “amazing and precious”.

The course also allowed him to interface and develop a great synergy with the other TAs and credits his teachers with equipping him with classroom management and teaching strategies.

Greg majored in English and minored in Urban Education at Santa Clara University and now brings his energy, passion and creativity to Fremont High School where as an English teacher, he teaches 4 sections of Literature and Writing (Freshmen) and one section of Global Literature (English Language Learners). He is the club adviser for Hip Hop Club, Speech and Debate, and Club Grammar.

We thank Greg for supporting ALearn and we wish him much success as a teacher.