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ROHAN PRAKASH

Math and French teacher with a passion for writing

ABOUT ME

ROHAN PRAKASH

I was born in a city in South India called Bangalore, often referred to the Silicon Valley of India. Quite appropriately, when I was 13, my family moved to the Silicon Valley Bay Area to Cupertino, California. In India, I went to Clarence High School, and then in California, I attended Lawson Middle School for 8th grade and Monta Vista High School for 9th-12th grade.

I currently attend Northwestern University at the School of Education and Social Policy, with a concentration in Secondary Math Education, with a second major in French. That means I am currently in a teacher preparation program to receive an Illinois certification for secondary mathematics with a middle school endorsement as well as a K-12 French endorsement. I am working on an honors thesis in French focusing on teaching pronunciation in a beginner French classroom.

I have also been a summer teacher at Breakthrough Silicon Valley for 4 years, which has given me the bulk of my teaching experience for now. Through this program, I have taught different levels of math to students entering 7th, 8th and 9th grades as well as electives such as Mock Trial and French. I also taught a High School Preparation class for one summer and then coordinated the class the next summer, leading other teachers to teach that class.

In my free time, I enjoy reading books (both fiction and non fiction). I tend to have no preference in fiction, but I tend to go for a lot of historical non fiction. I enjoy cooking, which has always been my secret passion. I also dabble in writing fiction from time to time. I am currently working (read: have been going back and forth on this for the last two years) on a novel I wrote for a Nanowrimo challenge many years back, that I hope to eventually finish editing.

EXPERIENCE

THINGS I'VE DONE

Allowance for Good

Program Intern

Assisted the Executive Director by preparing research briefs on the train-the-trainer model for their expansion plans and took field notes and presented on how community based organizations play a role in education.

April 2015 - June 2015
2014 - 2015

Northwestern University Searle Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning

Undergraduate Student Associate

Worked with a partner to facilitate a brown bag discussion with professors and graduate students at Northwestern on how to better utilize discussion section times, based on research and a focus group we conducted.

Lycée Français International Anvers

Stagiaire

Assisted in a math, French as a foreign language and English for French speakers class and wrote a thirty page thesis in French on a comparison of values of the French and American education systems.

October 2015 - December 2015
October 2015-December 2015

Projet Rubens

Stagiaire

Assisted the Program Coordinator in managing the website, survey data and logistical planning of field trips for students coming from different parts of Europe to Belgium.

Northwestern Center for Talent Development Saturday Enrichment Program

Teaching Assistant

Served as a teaching assistant in an Integrated Advanced Math class to gifted youth-- taught a few lessons as well as helped in small group settings.

September 2014-December 2014
2014-2016

Northwestern University Department of French and Italian

Tutor

Tutored students, mostly in the beginning and intermediate level French classes but also some advanced level classes, working with conversations, grammar points and phonetics.

Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Summer Teaching Fellow

Taught different levels of math and chemistry classes to students entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade over 4 summers. Organized end-of-summer events for students, parents and sponsors of the programs. Coordinated six other teachers teaching a class on high school preparedness.

2012-2015

EDUCATION

WHERE I'VE STUDIED

B.S. Education and Social Policy

Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy

June 2017

Concentration in Secondary Math Education

Double Major in French (pursuing honors)

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THINGS ABOUT EDUCATION AND MISC.

Math Obstacle Course Review Game

Two weeks into teaching my first Breakthrough summer, I ran into a problem. I hadn’t done anything fun and exciting with the kids and they had abundant energy. And they were having a quiz soon, and I needed to review content with them. After a quick conversation with one of my colleagues who also taught pre-algebra, […]

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Interdisciplinary Unit: Immigration and Racism

This one comes from a project in a class I took at Northwestern in Winter 2015 on the Dynamics of Middle School Curriculum. In this class, we focused on how to make things interdisciplinary and student-centered. A democratic integrative curriculum was valued in this class, where students had more agency in what they learned. This […]

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