My name is Samuel Fout. I am an educator with a focus on Middle School Mathematics. Currently, I work as a 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher at Parkrose Middle School in Portland, Oregon. I also work in the summers for the Non-Profit Rainier Scholars in Seattle, WA as their Summer 2 Math Instructor. I’ve also worked as an educator in several other capacities, ranging from a private math tutor, to some temporary positions teaching Computer Science to all different age groups.
On my journey to becoming a teacher, I attended the University of Washington in Seattle with the intent to pursue a Computer Science degree. However, after working with the Rainier Scholars program in a volunteer capacity, and attending some key Math classes from inspiring Professors and Educators, I changed my path and received a degree in Applied & Computational Mathematical Sciences (the Discrete Math pathway) and then attended the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University to gain my M.Ed in Secondary Education.
Following my education, I moved back to the Pacific Northwest with my partner, who works in Electrical Engineering. I spend most of my days enjoying soccer and other sports, strategy video games, obscure music, great food, and provocative reads.
My philosophy of teaching revolves around a desire for a society that produces an informed populace. I do enjoy working with young minds far more than typical adults, but my call to teaching is primarily driven by a selfish desire for a world that is better for me and for everyone else. I see a universal, equitable, and accessible math education as a key component of a functioning society. We should not be satisfied to produce students who see math as an enemy rather than a tool for radical liberation.