Duke University, M.A.T. in Math-Physics Education
As the only high school graduate in his family, Danial is inspired by the teachers who believed in him while he was in school. He heavily recruits and supports underserved populations for his Computer Science classes as well as for his school's International Baccalaureate program. Prior to leaving Biomedical Physics research to become a teacher Danial had "done it all" from DJ'ing to construction to computer programming; these diverse experiences are evident in both his classroom and the point of view from which he develops and delivers curriculum.
Danial serves as a mentor for new teachers in his school and regularly leads workshops on group management and hands on learning. A pragmatist, his focus is on practical strategies that teachers can immediately use in their classroom. Several years ago Danial wrote activities and lessons that aligned math curriculum with an exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art. Afterwards he started receiving requests to write curriculum and to lead workshops on art in the mathematics classroom. He will be running a workshop at the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference in November 2015 and is currently working with the North Carolina Museum of Art to develop activities for teachers that align with an upcoming exhibit. More of Dan's work can be found at http://DanTeachesMath.net.