Meet a New Teacher
Jan Mangal, Eighth-Grade Science
Q: Describe yourself in three words.
A: International, patient, principled.
Q: What inspired you to teach?
A: Giving back to the next generation after a long and varied career in industry.
Q: Why did you choose to teach science?
A: I studied engineering up to the doctoral level and worked in a technology-intensive industry (energy), so science came naturally. I also considered teaching math, physics, etc.
Q: Do you have a favorite lesson you teach? Tell us about it.
A: How human development and well-being are affected more by governance (or lack of governance, geopolitics, etc.) than progress in science and technology. That is, science is only part of the solution.
Q: Why Trinity?
A: Trinity and my family are in Austin, and I love the topography of the city. Trinity has the reputation of being a great place to work because of its collaborative spirit and learning environment.
Q: What are you most looking forward to for the next school year?
A: I am looking forward to being around young people and learning from colleagues.
Q: How do you motivate your students?
A: I encourage them to ask questions and use their curiosity to influence my teaching. This way, they feel like part of the learning process.
Q: What do you love doing in your spare time?
A: Watching documentaries and gardening.
Q: What is the last book you read?
A: "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad.
Q: What is the best gift a student can give a teacher?
A: Dark chocolate.