Meet a New Teacher

Jan Mangal, Eighth-Grade Science

Eighth-grade science teacher Jan Mangal posed for a headshot outside of Jane Hill Hall.

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.