My name is Jeffrey Serra (AKA Mr. Serra), and this is my fourth year of teaching. I graduated from Elon University (Class of 2012) with a degree in Secondary Math Education, and I am licensed to teach high school math.
I am a native North Carolinian born and raised in Durham. I am a writer, reader, mathematician, runner, gamer, teacher, tutor, student, introvert, musician , and life time learner. I love art and a huge advocate for the arts in school. I also love finding and using math in everyday life from the basics to calculus.
I am a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and am very passionate about teaching. I am always looking for opportunities to help me learn how to be a better teacher.
I am excited and looking forward to teaching both AP Calculus and Essentials to College Algebra (SREB Ready Math)
Favorite Food: Pizza (Cheese is always my first choice)
Favorite Season: Fall
Favorite TV Show: Once Upon a Time
Favorite Musical: Phantom of the Opera
Favorite Band: Beetles
Favorite Place to Travel in the States: NYC
Favorite Place to Travel out of the States: London or Paris
Favorite Book: A Tie between the Harry Potter Series and the Abarat Series
Favorite Subject: Math and History
Favorite Sports Team: Duke Blue Devils
Favorite Branch of Math: Algebra and Calculus
I am firm believer in teaching math that balances both conceptual and procedural knowledge. Procedural knowledge is being able to do and master a certain skill or execution of a formula, and conceptual knowledge is the Why behind our skills and formulas. Both are required for students to be successful and competent in Math. Math requires both thinking and doing and not just one or the other.
I also believe that everyone can do math. Mathematical ability is not a fixed trait and can be grown over time. This growth can only happen if students have the right support and understand that learning comes from failure.