Senior Applied Mathematics major Courtney Hohn knew she wanted to become a math teacher since high school. To help make her dream a reality, she is completing the B.S. to M.S. option at Stevenson to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2020.
Senior Applied Mathematics major Courtney Hohn has known that she wanted to become a math teacher since high school. To help make her dream a reality, she is completing the B.S. to M.S. option at Stevenson to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching (BS-MAT) in 2020.
Courtney is cognizant of all the ways Stevenson helps one get ahead in starting their career. With the guidance of Applied Mathematics faculty, she found and is completing her Capstone Internship at the Social Security Administration in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics.
Her role there is to identify any errors and redundancy in the 2016 SSI Annual Statistical Report, create visualizations of monthly data for publication on the SSA website, and use programming skills learned in her Computer Information Systems minor to create interactive maps of data to be used by SSA staff.
"I have many mentors at SSA that have given me great advice and training to give me a ‘leg up’ on the competition when I start applying for jobs,” she says. “I hope to become a high school math teacher, but I like having the opportunity to work as a statistician in the government."
In addition to the SSA mentors providing advice for her future, Stevenson faculty make sure to do the same.
""Everyone in the Math department knows everyone else. Every week, we have weekly tea times for us to talk, play games, enjoy tea and snacks," she says. "It is a break from the stresses of school and work, but I know I can go to them with questions regarding my current studies and my future goals."
Always one to think ahead of what will make her stand out as an exceptional student, Courtney does not shy away from taking on extra opportunities. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, Stevenson’s leadership and success honors society; a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon, Stevenson’s mathematics honor society; and has been a math tutor for Stevenson's Academic Link since her freshmen year.
“As a tutor, I have met many people from different backgrounds. Part of my job is to understand how individual students learn so I can best help them. Each student learns differently, which is an important lesson to learn for my future teaching endeavors.”