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    Dean Karras
    Mathematics Teacher
             I am excited to start my third year teaching as the math teacher for KASP. Last spring I taught 7th and 8th grade math intervention and pre-algebra at Centennial Middle School in Kyrene. Before that I have served as a K-12 substitute teacher in all subjects in classrooms throughout the Bay Area of California and now Phoenix.
             I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Ancient Greek language. I am currently pursuing certification to teach secondary mathematics and ultimately wish to work at the high school level. I love working with diverse populations of students as the core of my educational philosophy is that as humans we all have valuable lessons to teach one another. In my short time in education I have already learned much more from my students than they could ever imagine.
             My interests in mathematics include the history of math, philosophy of math, geometry, combinatorics, chaos theory, fractals, and calculus. My chief goal as a math educator is to turn students on to the intrinsic beauty and elegance of mathematics, a living field in which novel discoveries and developments are being made daily.This skills will easily come thereafter.
             An interesting fact about me is that I can solve a 3x3 Rubik’s Cube in 2 minutes flat. When I’m not busy teaching or working on my education studies I can be found practicing hot yoga, biking, reading literature, cooking, listening to music of any number of genres, coaching and judging high school policy debate, camping and backpacking, and caring for and building my collection of exotic plants. In short, I have more interests than time to pursue all of them, but I love living a healthy and outdoors-oriented lifestyle.