“Humans of the Sacred Heart” – Ms. Danielle Adiletta


What sparked your interest in mathematics

“I have known I wanted to pursue a career in teaching since I was in elementary school.  I played school with my dolls and asked my parents to put a chalkboard in my playroom.  When I was applying to college, I knew I wanted to pursue secondary education, but I was undecided between math and history.  I took a class in each first semester, and it was obvious to me that math was a better fit.  I had the most amazing female STEM education professors who taught me how to make math accessible and also exciting to high school students.  I learned how to make math conversational instead of memorization (like I was taught).  Math is a universal language that teaches us how to think critically, explain solutions, and solve problems.”

Why did you choose to teach mathematics to the younger generation?

“Students assume they are either good or bad at math.  This is a myth I hope to dispel with my students.  Math teaches us how to be critical thinkers.  There is not just one way to solve a problem and I encourage my students to attempt multiple solutions before giving up.  I also believe that being able to explain your work teaches students to be better communicators in all aspects of their lives.  To me, there is no better feeling than solving a difficult problem, and I love being able to celebrate those moments in my classroom.”

What is your favorite aspect of teaching?

“My favorite part of teaching is getting to know my students.  I hope my classroom is a safe space where students can ask questions and attempt problems without feeling judged by themselves or their peers.  Some of my favorite memories in the classroom are when a random side comment becomes a hilarious classroom debate.  I love being able to laugh with my students.  I also strive to be a resource in any way I can.”

The King Street Chronicle thanks Ms. Danielle Adiletta, Upper School Mathematics Teacher, for her contributions to “Humans of Sacred Heart.”