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Meet the Class of 2019: Former International Teacher Eager to Study Mathematics, Physics

Meet the Class of 2019: Former International Teacher Eager to Study Mathematics, Physics


 

Most people don't think of teaching as something to do until after college, but teaching high school is what incoming member of the UD Class of 2019 Ted Morin has been doing for the past two years, ever since graduating from high school himself. Moreover, he has been teaching at a school with, as Morin described it, a very intense high school program, which has produced six Gates Millennium scholars in the past five years. This school, Xavier High School in Micronesia, has been operated by the Jesuits since 1952 and serves students from several different nations in the Pacific islands.

Morin, who plans to major in mathematics at UD with a possible double major in physics, taught algebra and geometry to freshmen and sophomores at Xavier, as well as computer skills to freshmen and a junior elective. He also ended up serving as the schools main IT person by default; luckily, he enjoys fixing and tinkering with computers and other machines and also has an interest in computer programming.

From the Boston area, Morin is one of six children and was homeschooled beginning in the first grade. During his college search, he was focusing on Catholic and technical schools and learned about UD when family friends at Ave Maria University happened to mention it in passing.   

"UD is a Great Books school like Thomas Aquinas, but with more math and physics," explained Morin. "The Great Books are important, but to learn math and science, you need textbooks as well. UD offers that."

Morin plays the French horn and is hoping to find an ensemble with which to practice and perform at UD. He's also glad UD has a pool and a swim club, as swimming is another of his favorite pastimes.

Morin's post-college plans will likely involve graduate work, as he is most interested in pursuing science and technology opportunities in the fields of computers, robotics or rockets that require more advanced degrees.

From the Core curriculum to diving into mathematics and the sciences, Morin is looking forward to learning new things at UD.

"From being a teacher, I've developed a huge appreciation for being a student," he said.

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