By Claire Auslander
Mr. Chang is the seventh grade science teacher for Cloud Nine academy at Hillview Middle School and is the adviser for the yearbook class. His favorite part about teaching seventh grade science is watching the determination in students' eyes at they put the dots on the e. Mr. Chang also loves teaching about the skeletal and circulatory systems because students get to learn about their own bodies. Mr. Chang officially began teaching in 2010, as the math and science teacher for Everest academy at Hillview, but was a student teacher before that in Maryland. When he was in Middle School, Mr. Chang went to Bowditch Middle School in Foster city and enjoyed every subject except English. However, he is fully literate, and did catch himself on fire and escaped without injury. To achieve his higher education goals, he went to Harvey Mudd for college, and Johns Hopkins University for graduate school. His favorite books are The Giver and Brave New World, but he'll read any dystopian novel. He also loves dissection labs because students get to see science in action.
Mr. Chang is an influential teacher for several reasons. He finds ways to make his lessons relevant to students' lives, and even teaches skills that can save a life, such as the Heimlich maneuver. Additionally, he gives random pop quizzes to make sure students understand the material and are paying attention during class. He also makes lessons fun and very entertaining. On a personal level, Mr. Chang has enriched my understanding of the world around me, and fueled my obsessive passion for science.