Syrah Russell

Scripps College – B.A.
UC Berkeley – M.A.

Professional focus: I am teaching Integrated Math II and Statistics with a focus on revolutionizing the math curriculum to make it more engaging, relevant, humane and connected to real-world issues. I have written two statistical theses regarding the field of education. As an undergraduate, I analyzed the impact of standardized testing on the racial opportunity gap in California public high schools. At UC Berkeley, I wrote a statistical thesis regarding teaching practices that improve student ability to self-reflect. Throughout my academic and teaching career, I have used data driven strategies to improve my own practice and understand the issues that are important to me. Additionally, I am the VWS cross country assistant coach and the WSC JV soccer assistant coach.

Scholarly or professional activities: My undergraduate degree is in mathematical economics. My master’s degree is in education. I am also engaged with the educational research community. I work with teachers around California analyzing the newest academic research regarding best teaching practices.

Grew up: Chicago

Favorite book or author: My favorite author is Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, whose characters always teach me so much about adversity, power and joy. I can read Americanah over and over again and take something new away from the novel each time.

Favorite TV show or movie: My favorite tv show is Kim’s Convenience! It’s a show that always makes me smile and the family relationships are so interesting to watch!