Bryan Stutzman, Upper School Mathematics
Published August 2015
Hi, I'm Bryan Stutzman, and I have been teaching math and science at Woodlawn since our Upper School building, Woods Hall, was built in 2008. I teach mostly Upper School students but I look to connect to the entire school community--whether that is through coaching Middle School or Upper School soccer, organizing pickup games with kindergartners, teens, graduates, and parents all playing at once on a summer night, finding a small part to play in the school play, or just getting to know each of our 200 students' names and faces and recognize them on the quad.
Even though math may come more easily to me than to most people, I appreciate the difficulties and apprehensions that people bring to the subject. There may be one answer to a problem but there are usually multiple ways to approach it — and I look to help students find the mode of attack that makes the most sense to them. I also look for ways to connect everyone to the beauty I see in the sciences: bringing my geometry class out to the soccer field as we lay out the boxes and arcs for an upcoming season, taking a class to see Calculus, the Musical, shooting parabolic arcs across the campus from a potato cannon, or recognizing any pop-culture reference I see regarding to math or science. Pop-culture may be something from YouTube or even 135-year-old comic opera Pirates of Penzance from Gilbert and Sullivan...
I may have a Ph.D. in Operations Research (an applied math subject), but, being "very good at integral and differential calculus," I could be Gilbert and Sullivan's model of a modern Major-General.
"I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news,
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse."