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In high school, I took Intermediate Algebra from Mr. Meditz. First of all, I was never that good in math. Even though I received mostly B's, I struggled in earning them. One of my strengths was quickly recognizing patterns, but mathematical patterns proved elusive. It was like the numbers floated aimlessly over the chalkboard.


Learning math in Mr. Meditz's class was a different adventure. For instance, word problems were my perpetual nemesis. I looked so intently at the problem that I completely missed the point. As soon as I learned the tools in analyzing different types of word problems, everything sharply came into focus as if receiving a brand new pair of prescription eyeglasses. Mr. Meditz would write equations on the chalkboard and each student had to tell him out loud all the steps to solve them. Eventually, I looked forward to going to math class and even enjoyed solving complicated math problems in front of the class.


Besides being an excellent math teacher, Mr. Meditz cut a striking figure with his bright-colored clothing and salt and pepper pompadour-styled hair.


Nowadays whenever my mom tells me about one of the teens at her church having trouble with math, I enthusiastically ask if Mr. Meditz does any tutoring. When mom says no he doesn't do tutoring, my heart sinks a little knowing that the student will miss out on a challenging albeit exhilarating learning experience.


Throughout the years, I often wondered what kind of career I would have chosen if I had the chance to take more math classes from Mr. Meditz.


Come to think of it, the only time I ever earned an A in math was in Mr. Meditz's class.

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