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ROHAN PRAKASH

Math and French teacher with a passion for writing

ABOUT ME

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 graduated from Northwestern University at the School of Education and Social Policy in June 2017. My concentration in Secondary Math Education. I also completed a second major in French with departmental honors for my work on a thesis and research project "L'importance de l'enseignement de la prononciation dans les cours du français au niveau universitaire et une piste proposée". This led me to work on a curriculum tool to be used by the Northwestern Department of French and Italian to teach pronunciation.

I was licensed in Illinois for a Professional Educators License in Secondary Mathematics (with middle school) with additional endorsement in French. I completed my student teaching in Evanston Township High School and now am very proud to be returning to my home district and teaching math at Homestead High School.

In my free time, I enjoy reading books (both fiction and non fiction), particularly non fiction about history, politics and math (obviously). My secret passion is cooking, and I also dabble in writing fiction from time to time.

EXPERIENCE

Homestead High School

Math Teacher

I teach Pre-Calculus Honors and Algebra 2.

August 2017 - present
August 2016 - March 2017

Evanston Township High School

Student Teacher

I taught 3 sections of Pre-Calculus and 2 sections of Bridge 2 Algebra. The main unit I taught developed an intensive modeling unit around population growth and decay to relate exponential and logarithmic functions. Developed strong relationships and acted as a mentor to many students in these classes.

Northwestern Department of French and Italian

Contributor and Research Assistant for Flipped French

I worked on the Flipped French curriculum project at Northwestern University to develop an online platform for French instruction in second year language classes. I was responsible for creating the pronunciation component, stemming from my honors thesis in evaluating and suggesting methods of teaching pronunciation in language classes at a university level. I created twelve modules with explanations and exercises targeting specific difficulties anglophones in particular have with the French language.

October 2016 - June 2017
Summers 2012-2015

Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Summer Teaching Fellow

I taught different levels of math and chemistry classes to students entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade over 4 summers. I organized end-of-summer events for students, parents and sponsors of the programs. In addition, I coordinated and mentored six new teachers teaching a class on high school preparedness.

Northwestern Department of French and Italian

Tutor

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

September 2014 - June 2017
October 2015-December 2015

Projet Rubens

Stagiaire

I worked on this as part of a study abroad internship program in Belgium: 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.

Lycée Français International Anvers

Stagiaire

This was part of a study abroad internship program I did in Belgium. I assisted in math, French as a foreign language and English for French speakers classes and wrote a thirty page thesis in French on a comparison of values of the French and American education systems.

October 2015 - December 2015
September 2014 - June 2015

Northwestern University Searle Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning

Undergraduate Student Associate

I 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.

Allowance for Good

Program Intern

I 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
September 2014-December 2014

Northwestern Center for Talent Development Saturday Enrichment Program

Teaching Assistant

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

EDUCATION

B.S. Education and Social Policy

Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy

June 2017

Concentration in Secondary Math Education

 

French Major with departmental honors.  Thesis: "L'importance de l'enseignement de la prononciation dans les cours du français au niveau universitaire et une piste proposée"

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