Fellow Q&A: WW Teaching Fellow Alex Blohm
WW Teaching Fellows come from many different backgrounds but are united by a single goal: to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (the STEM fields) to some of the nation’s highest-need students. But what makes these Fellows tick? What inspired them to pursue a career in the classroom? In this WW Perspectives series, we hear from WW Teaching Fellows about what drew them to the program.
Alex Blohm was a 2013 WW Ohio Teaching Fellow and is now a math teacher at Franklin Heights High School in Columbus, Ohio. This summer, Mr. Blohm received the Emerging Leader Award from the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
WW Perspectives: What drew you to teaching?
Alex Blohm: I was kind of destined to be a teacher, I wanted to be an engineer and then as I learned more about it I changed my mind. I have always been teaching whether it be math tutoring, teaching swim lessons, teaching marching at Ohio State, or teaching volleyball skills. I am passionate about mathematics and high school math teacher was the perfect fit.
WWP: Was there any reason you chose to attend The Ohio State University?
AB: I went to The Ohio State University on a recommendation from my father and immediately fell in love. I feel like Ohio State has the best of everything including facilities, professors, research, and of course marching bands.
WWP: What do you think was the best preparation that you received for the realities of classroom teaching?
AB: The best preparation to be a teacher has to be my fantastic student teaching experience in Columbus City Schools. I had the best mentor and still am in touch with her.
AB: Student learning is the most important to me with my students. I am not only taking about mathematics but I truly love seeing them grow up as people. I teach most of the freshman and I am shocked at how much they grow in a year.
WWP: What’s the most rewarding part of the program so far for you?
AB: I love the network of teachers that I now have and continue to work with in the Woodrow Wilson program. I continually am inspired by teachers young and old and really love working with such amazing people.
WWP: What would you say to someone who’s considering becoming a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow?
AB: I would say that the program has been absolutely amazing for me. I received financial assistance, worked with the finest professors, developed a strong teacher network, and am continuing to be encouraged to try new things to move teaching into the future.
Interviews have been edited for length and clarity.