Whitney Duvall (2009):
Whitney is currently a 6th grade math problem solving teacher and head of the mathematics department at Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter School in Memphis, Tennessee. "It seems funny to think that studying topology and combinatorics could play a role in teaching sixth grade mathematics, but it has," says Duval, who initially planned on being an actuary. "My deeper conceptual understanding of mathematics has helped me teach kids the ′why′ behind the mathematics that their old schools didn′t teach them." What does she miss most about studying mathematics at Rhodes College? Fraternizing with "quirky" math people all day, crazy mismatched outfits, and goofy math humor.