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Fellow Q&A: WW Teaching Fellow Alex Blohm

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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.

WWP:  What matters most to you about your students?alex blohm desk

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.


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