So much more than great students.

Vector Calculus is a class I never took in high school. I wasn’t a huge math fan when I was growing up, but maybe that’s because I never had Jason Quinley as my teacher.

I cannot speak highly enough of our faculty. They truly set the standard for excellence in teaching. Not only do they care passionately about their subject areas, but they care passionately about their students and they go to great lengths to celebrate them both in and out of the classroom.

That’s why I simply had to share this email from Mr. Quinley, regarding his vector calculus class. Jason, himself a Brookstone alumni, returned to teach at Brookstone a few years ago, in large part, he says, because he wanted to give back to the school who gave him so much.

Gang,

Hope you enjoy the photo of the class w/ designs generated by William’s harmonograph. If you’d like to stop by my room Friday at break, we’ll have our last math club meeting where you can chat with all of the Vector students on their projects. You can also see him demonstrate the harmonograph in action.

As I was chatting with some folks yesterday at the alumni event, I was reminded how we’re not in competition with some of the other schools in the area anymore than chess and checker players are. We discussed at the event that the salient differences are those of quality and not quantity. I.e. we’re bringing out the total person in many of our students, encouraging them to be the best scholars, athletes, artists, and servants they can be, while reminding them that they need not limit themselves to only one of these areas.

Look back at the picture again and ask yourselves how many other schools would have a member of the homecoming court, their top runner, an award-winning photography student, their National Merit scholar, and arguably their top musician in the same photo.

Feel free to share.  Go Cougars!

JQ
image1

Vector Calculus students from l-r, Koyal Angsikar, William Jenkins, Ameena Ali, Ariel Steele, Mr. Jason Quinley, and Lydia Zhang

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.
And for a better idea of how the harmonograph works, here’s a brief video of it in action, built from scratch by senior, William Jenkins.

Categories: Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s