Class of 2016: Meet Tyler Tracy (Secondary Math Education and Mathematics)

By Heather Cass
Publications & Design Coordinator, Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend’s class of 2016 is ready to make its mark on the world!  We’re proud of our students and the things they’ve accomplished and learned while here at Behrend.  Over the next couple months, we’ll be introducing you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technology, participated in important research projects, and left an impression at Penn State Behrend.

Today, we’d like you to meet Tyler Tracy

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Major(s): Secondary Math Education and Mathematics

Minor: Statistics

Hometown: Chippewa, Pennsylvania

On choosing to major in Secondary Math Education: Teaching math is something I’ve enjoyed since high school. Seeing students succeed and grow as individuals is worth all the invested time.

Proudest accomplishment at Behrend: Receiving the Outstanding Math Tutor Award from the college’s Learning Resource Center. My time working as a head math tutor for the LRC and helping so many of my fellow students figure out how math works has been a truly rewarding experience for me.

Mind over math: I think the biggest obstacle for some people who don’t like math is the belief that they are not good at math and never will be. A fixed mindset like that will hinder learning. But if you go into it with a growth mindset and an attitude that you can accomplish anything with hard work and dedication, you’ll be able to learn it.

Campus involvement: I’m the head math tutor for the LRC, a GRE Prep Session instructor, and a teaching assistant in physics. I’m also a member of the math club.

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