New Teacher Spotlight: Patrick Hovey

IHS has welcomed more than 25 new talented teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. We will interview a new teacher periodically and share the interview on our school’s website. Patrick Hovey, one of our new math teachers, was interviewed this month.


Q: Describe where you grew up, and how you ended up in Ithaca:

PH: I grew up in Auburn, NY, and attended Auburn High School. After high school, I attended Fairfield University, where I earned a BS in Mathematics. After another year in Connecticut, I moved back to CNY and began my Masters at SUNY Cortland. During the masters program, I student taught here at Ithaca with Todd Noyes. Never forgetting the time I had at Ithaca, I completed my Master’s and taught for one year in Newark, NY. When an opportunity opened in Ithaca, I jumped on it.


Q: What is one reason you became a teacher?

PH: My path to becoming a teacher began when I was in high school. After being convinced to be a peer tutor by one of my friends, I helped a classmate improve their grade from below a 50% to over a 70% and then pass the Algebra 1 regents. The feeling was incredible and has stuck with me ever since.

Q: What is unique about your teaching style?

PH: I really enjoy mathematics. I try to bring this energy into the classroom.


Q: How do you plan on implementing the chromebooks in your classroom?

PH: Currently, all Algebra 2 AB courses are using the flipped classroom model with solid results.

Q: What are your hobbies outside of school?

PH: I am an avid hiker; attempting to complete the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks. I have a Jeep Wrangler that I am continually working on or breaking while rock crawling. I ski during the winter, play disc golf, and try to spend as much time outside as possible.


Q: If you could join a club or co-advise a club what would it be?

PH: I am currently advising The Afya Club. The Afya Club is working to provide resources to health care professional in places of need around the world.


Q: If you could do something other than teaching, what would it be, and why?

PH: Mechanical Engineer. Physics and mathematics unlock the world and how we interact with it and finding these answers is almost as fun as telling awful jokes in math class.

Q: What is the most challenging component about being a new teacher at IHS?

PH: I have felt a very warm welcome from IHS, and this has helped me make the transition. After getting over being “new,” I find myself needing more time to get the things done I need to.