Georgia Institute of Technology, class of 2017
Software Engineer at Microsoft
I had Ms Topham for Calculus AB and BC in high school. At the time, I had a strong distaste for school, but she taught the class in such a sincere way that it felt intrinsically enjoyable and no longer like another forced class upon me. Some topics that are typically challenging, were explained so fluently that it felt easy - one of the best feelings that a student can have. In addition to homework, she utilized games and competition in the classroom to reinforce what we learned - something I found to be very effective. I thoroughly believe that her ability to teach, gave me the interest to pursue a STEM career path and excel during my rigorous coursework at Georgia Tech.
While Ms Topham unquestionably holds high competence in academia, her ability to foster genuine relationships with each of her students is something that sets her apart from others. Many of my high school memories come from her classroom, I've used her for job references, and we are still in contact 5 years later. I believe these statements speak volumes to the kind of person and teacher you'll receive when working with Ms Topham.