Teacher Feature: Linda Gazzola

In short, how would you describe the way you teach math? 

In the IB, all teachers are considered language teachers. I love linguistics and learning about language and I enjoy incorporating it into my teaching. Math is often compared to a language and I work hard to help my students understand and appreciate that language. In the words of Galileo Galilei, “La Matematica e’ l’alfabeto con quale dio ha scritto l’universo“, or “Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe”.

Where are you from originally?

I’m originally from Minnesota but lived in Chicago for many years before moving to Missoula 10 years ago. I taught middle and high school math for many years there but took several years off when I got to Missoula to be home with my son.

Do you have a favorite language?

I wish I spoke Spanish but the Italian I know helps me understand a fair bit of Spanish. One of these years, I will take a Spanish class at MIS.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

In my free time, I like to do yoga, go to Nico’s soccer games, and spend time with members of my lovely large family. I love living in the mountains and exploring this incredibly beautiful state but I also enjoy going back to the Midwest, seeing family and old friends and eating delicious ethnic food.

Okay to finish, how about two truths and one lie? 

If you want two truths and a lie…

I’ve had a hole-in-one

I jumped out of a plane

I used to be a cheerleader

Highlight this line to see the answer ⇒ “I’ve never had a hole in one!”