The faculty have spent the week getting to know our new Middletown Calculus instructor, Anca Schmittou. Mrs. Schmittou has a varied and interesting resume, and we’re excited about the education, experience and enthusiasm she brings to the MVGS faculty. I’ll bow out now, and let Mrs. Schmittou introduce herself:
My name is Anca Schmittou, and I am so excited to begin work at MVGS! I love teaching and I LOVE math, so I’m sure we’re all going to have a great time this year.
I have been in love with math since high school. I grew up in Europe (Romania, specifically), and during high school I participated in math competitions and contests. That experience led to my undergraduate study of mathematics, followed by a Master’s Degree in Calculus. Thanks to scholarships and high grades, I had the opportunity to continue my graduate education after I received my Calculus degree, and I decided to start another degree. I had always wanted to be a painter, so I went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Art; I received a full scholarship for the entire degree due to my hard work and achievement.
A few years ago I decided to learn more about psychology and the human mind, so I went back to school and got my second Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology.
I have many years of experience in teaching Mathematics to all levels and in all math areas. I decided to leave Europe because I was curious about teaching in a new country, and I have been teaching in the United States for several years: first in South Carolina and then in Virginia (at Eastern View High School in Culpeper). I have also done some community college teaching and this year, I will be teaching two evening math classes at Germanna Community College, as well.
In addition to my education and work experiences, I have a lot of hobbies! Obviously, I have a keen interest in art, especially painting, and I have a permanent art exhibition at the CoArt Gallery in downtown Staunton, VA where my art is displayed all the time. Three years ago, I had a personal art show at the Touchstone Gallery in Downtown DC, too. If you can’t take the time to drive to Staunton, you can see some of my work on my website: www.ronarart.com.
I also love to be athletic, and I ski (I especially love black diamond and double diamond slopes), run (I ran a 10K and a half marathon last fall!), bike, and I’m trying to learn to skateboard.
I speak English, French, Romanian, and I know a few words in Latin and Italian.
I have many goals, ideas, and dreams. For example, one of my travel dreams is to see Mount Everest. I like to think I am a very positive, energetic person. I’m excited to meet you all this year and to get started with our Calculus work!