Sam Ford is a new mathematics teacher at Sequoyah School who teaches algebra to 9th grade students. They grew up in Garden Grove, Orange County. At first, math was their least favorite subject, and they weren’t planning on becoming a teacher until they learned calculus. Ford explained their love of the subject by noting that “the ideas are really cool” and “there was a sort of elegance to it.”
Ford, who is completing their Ph.D. in computational and data sciences at Chapman University, taught as an adjunct professor at Chapman for five years before taking on their current role at Sequoyah. They are excited to teach all of the math classes to 9th graders and to “watch their advisory class grow up.”
One fun fact about Ford is that they created two of their tattoos using math! One was made with fractals by splitting lines into Y shapes and making them smaller and smaller until they made a design using coding. The other started out as a heart; then it incorporated tangent lines in a process called curve stitching. Ford lives with their partner and three cats. If you see them on campus, be sure to say hi!