Menlo School Faculty & Staff

Zachary Blickensderfer

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Departments and Positions

Upper School Mathematics, Upper School Computer Science


Credentials

Yale University, B.A.
University of Pennsylvania, M.S.Ed.


Biography

I come to Menlo after completing a two-year masters and teaching residency through the University of Pennsylvania. I taught upper school mathematics at an independent school north of Chicago while conducting research exploring what classrooms and curricula can learn from extracurricular activities. I endeavor to make math more meaningful, both as a subject and an experience.

A son of a Kindergarten teacher, I grew up in Southern California. I graduated from Chadwick School before majoring in Computer Science at Yale University. I focused my studies on the intersection of mathematics and computer science, completing research on algorithms and computational complexity during my senior year. A firm believer in the liberal education, I also completed significant coursework in English, History, Philosophy, Art, and Education.

I have been singing since I could speak. In college, I performed with the Yale Alley Cats, Whiffenpoofs, and Glee Club, and in Chicago, I sang tenor with the Chicago Chorale and Wicker Park Choral Singers. I enjoy puzzles of all forms, donate blood three times a year, and proudly support my Los Angeles Dodgers (go blue).