Kenny Huy Nguyen, Ph.D.

Teacher, Mathematics & Computer Science Department Chair
University of Chicago – S.B.
University of Michigan – M.A.
North Carolina State University – Ph.D.

Professional focus: I hold an S.B. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in learning technologies from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from North Carolina State University. I’ve been fortunate to have taught almost all levels of math in my career, from third-graders to graduate students and am passionate about helping all learners to succeed, particularly those who have been traditionally marginalized in mathematics education. My research interests include the mapping of mathematical learning trajectories (which I worked on in graduate school) and using multilevel statistical models to investigate emotional reactivity to daily stressors in adolescents (which I worked on with students at my previous school and my research colleagues). I teach Integrated Math II and Calculus. I will also assist with the yearbook.

Scholarly or professional activities: I am hoping to continue to collaborate with my professional colleagues on rethinking classroom assessment as well as to continue contributing to the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) while at Webb. I love learning about new research in cognitive science and mathematics education and do this by being an active reviewer for several peer reviewed journals. Finally, I’m hoping that this is the year that I finally learn to bar an F-chord (but, to be realistic, this has been a goal since 2019!).

Grew up: I was born in Vietnam and grew up in Portland, Oregon.

Live on campus: Yes

Favorite music or musician/band: Tegan and Sara!

Favorite book or author: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston which was recommended to me by my amazing 11th-grade English teacher who, fun fact, not only won a gold medal in the Rome Olympics but was governess to the Kennedys!

Favorite TV show or movie: It’s hard to pick favorites but the ones coming to mind right now are: Mad Men, Cowboy Bebop, Mimi o Sumaseba, Up in the Air, and Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Typical Saturday routine: Each one is different but good Saturdays include talking to friends/family, baking or soup making and a long walk with my dog.