Math and Science Instructor
The Art Institute of Portland
Have confidence in your ability to achieve your goals. Greg Tyler , Math and Science Instructor , The Art Institute of Portland
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I’ve been interested in math and science as far back as I can remember. As a physics major, I began teaching physics labs and I really enjoyed it. It inspired me to focus on my master’s degree so I could teach at the college level, and I’ve been teaching here ever since.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring—and how do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?
I feel it’s important for my math students to work hands-on in the classroom. They spend about half their time working on assignments, individually and in groups, while I offer any help they might need. I encourage group work, as it helps students connect with each other; peer support can inspire struggling students to push beyond their comfort zones.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Have confidence in your ability to achieve your goals. I try to be a positive force by ensuring that my students leave the classroom feeling that they’ve made steps forward, not backward.