# Allison Medellin

## Allison Medellin

Testing Manager

Nike, Inc.

**Was there a math teacher, project or lesson that made a big impact on you while in school? What got you interested in math?**

I don't recall the exact moment that impacted me in math. I was in a few split classes with older children in elementary school, so I remember learning multiplication tables earlier than some of my peers. I had a few good teachers in middle school, especially in algebra. Math made sense and I enjoyed the logic behind it. High school I transitioned between 2 schools, so algebra 2 lagged a bit, but I had a great pre-calculus teacher. The good grades in math kept me motivated. Combining math with science was one of main reasons I decided to pursue engineering.

**What did you enjoy most about math while in school?**

The logic. I didn't know how to quite apply it beyond the homework, but it always made sense to me.

**Describe some of the ways in which you use math to do your job. Which math skills are most important to your job? Please give examples.**

I use math a great deal. A lot of it is in pre-written programs, but I occasionally have to check those programs. Recently, I calculated some dot products (which was funny because I haven't used them since college, but it was a good exercise nonetheless). I often have to do simple math (like calculate speed and distance that our subjects need to run and occasionally I'll use Matlab to calculate 3 dimensional rotations of rigid bodies in space. And then there is averages and statistics too. Lots of math and physics.

**What could teachers have done to make math more enjoyable/useful for you while in school?**

Outside of the classroom projects. Maybe field trips to places and interviews with people who use math and why.

**If you had the power, how would you change the way math is taught at school? **

Interesting question. I think it worked for me, but then again, I think it could be adjusted for kids who struggle or are not into it. Perhaps more real world applications for some kids. Working a cash register or balancing a checkbook. I think the way it was taught to me is similar to how it is taught in college.