Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth
Math & Algebra 1
About Dr. Linda Fox
Although I was born in the wilds of Oregon, I spent most of my life in the San Francisco Bay area, where I graduated from Stanford University and received my doctorate from University of California at Berkeley. My first job after my doctorate was at Stanford Computer Systems Lab, and from there I ended up at Ford Aerospace, which later became part of Lockheed Martin. I moved into telecommunications at Pacific Bell, now part of AT&T as a systems architect for computer systems. When we moved to Arizona in 2002, I started tutoring and substitute teaching at Foothills Academy.
The best thing about teaching: I love to watch those who are really trying to learn a concept and make it to the “Ah Hah!” moment when the math ideas connect and it makes sense.
Some of my favorite things:
- Color: Red Violet
- Food: Hasagowa Sushi
- Book: Dune
- Subject: Calculus
- Hobby: Hiking Archaeological Sites
- Sports Team: Stanford Football Team
If I wasn’t a teacher, I would be: Tutoring students in math
Why did you choose to become a teacher?
I spent many years as a computer engineer in aerospace and telecommunications. Now that I am retired, I feel that being a teacher can make a difference in the lives of students. I can encourage students and give them a glimpse of the real-world use of mathematics. I enjoy the challenge of the learning process and helping students to persevere until they understand.
As an engineer, I invented a way to show off complicated touch-screen computer display systems so that we could demonstrate to customers how they would work in actual real-life scenarios years before the actual software would be ready. That was years before there were laptops and touch-sensitive displays that ordinary people could buy.