Math teacher Áron Boros grew up in Rochester, New York and attended Amherst College in Western Massachusetts. He has always enjoyed math, and he rides his bike to the high school each morning. He has two kids and is planning on taking a big trip to different national parks all around the country next summer.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to read. A lot of my reading is about social justice and, in particular, racial justice—thinking about the legacy of slavery and racism and what we can do about it today. I also like to study Japanese on my own; I just do it for fun as a hobby.
What is similar and different about high school now as compared to when you were growing up?
I graduated high school in 1996, and it feels exactly the same. I went to a suburban high school outside of Rochester, New York. It was half the size of BHS, but it feels so similar. That surprises me a little bit because it’s 20-some odd years later. I’m surprised that the internet revolution and all of the technology that we use doesn’t really change the classroom all that much. I hope that when we come back to classrooms in 20 years from now, they look really different: that we’re using all that technology to really personalize learning and give students a much more customized experience. I think that that’s an opportunity that is hard to grasp but is there for the future.
Do you have a favorite sports team?
So my birthday is Jan. 27. I was in high school from 1992 to 1996. The Buffalo Bills were in the Super Bowl four years in a row in that time when I was in high school. They lost all four of them on my birthday. In my heart, I’m a Buffalo Bills fan. I have a big connection to Michigan, so I’m a Tigers fan, too. Boston sports are fine. I don’t have anything against the Boston teams, but in my heart, I’m still back in upstate New York and Michigan.
Where did you teach before you came to Brookline?
Nowhere. I’m actually a career changer. I have a law degree in public policy, a master’s in public policy, and after that I joined a law firm. I worked at the law firm for a couple years, did not find much joy at a law firm, so I joined state government. I worked as the executive director of an organization called CHIA (Center for Health Information and Analysis). I worked there for a number of years and left there to come teach.
How did your last job compare to working at Brookline High School?
The big difference is that in that job, you’re always working with a team, you always have somebody else you’re working on a project with. Fortunately, the math department is a great team, so we have a lot of support from each other. But once you walk in the room, you’re usually on your own. This year, I am lucky to be co-teaching two classes, so I have a co-teacher, Mr. Proctor. It’s a little bit of a break from being on your own to being able to teach and work with somebody else in the classroom.
Why did you choose to teach high school students?
Middle school and high school students are students who are both interesting and curious and you can have these conversations with them about the world opening up and figuring out how to find their way. I think in middle school, you’re giving them the tools to explore the world, and in high school, you are really helping choose new directions. I asked one of my classes on Canvas, “What do you want to know about me?” One of the students wrote, “We want to know what the meaning of life is.” The best answer that I came up with was super cheesy, but I think that it is to try to increase love in general, how people take care of each other and how people respect themselves.