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Introduction


    
My name is Adam Sokol. I'm a thirty year-old teaching credential candidate at California State University Northridge (CSUN). I have a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in English, both from CSUN. I was born in Santa Monica and have lived in Los Angeles or surrounding cities my entire life. I have two sisters, both younger than me, one of whom is a lawyer and the other of whom is a student like myself. I've long had an interest in helping and instructing people, so I view teaching as a natural progression for me.

Educational Philosophy

    I enjoy instructing and helping other people, and teaching is the most obvious way to make a career out of that. Being able to provide a tangible effect on the lives of other people is also an appealing prospect. I’m torn currently between English and Math, because I know English would be an easier thing to teach and I’m already accredited for it, but Math would probably be easier to find a job with. I also find Calculus more interesting than the lower levels of math, but I may not actually be good enough at it to teach. I would prefer to teach high school, though I may teach middle school since I can already easier satisfy the math teaching requirements (the high school math teaching requirements are more complicated). I’m not really sure that I have a philosophy of education quite yet, since I haven’t started student teaching or anything quite yet.

Interests

    I greatly enjoy writing fiction. I have a minor dream to one day write something that will be professionally published, but my efforts so far haven't met with much success. Still, the process of creating a world is itself reward enough for me.
    I also like studying history. Although I'm purely an amateur, I love reading about ancient history with Romans, medieval cultural mores, and the king of historical subjects: WWII. I almost feel guilty about dedicating so much time to reading about WWII given how popular a subject it is (it must be the most talked about era in history), but the truth is that it's just that fascinating.
    My other interests include film, TV, literature, video games, and tabletop roleplaying games. I'm also currently trying to improve my abilities with math, in particular calculus (I enjoy complex abstract math more than fundamental math, but I'll freely admit that I'm not great at the former).