Meet Nick Bellamy:
Our 6th Grade Math Teacher at ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo!
Tell us about yourself...
I moved to Vallejo when I was 7 years old. I went to Cooper Elementary, Vallejo Jr High School (now the site of Caliber CMA) and Vallejo High. Being from Vallejo, I always knew I was going to eventually move back and contribute to my Community; I just wasn't sure in what capacity. Growing up in a family of educators, I was eventually called to the world of education myself. I received my BS in Marketing from University of Phoenix and I am now completing my MAED/ Secondary Education in Mathematics. As I was looking for new opportunities to teach math, I received 5 offers between High School, Middle School and Elementary schools. Caliber had the best hiring process, school culture, and support structure so I enthusiastically became a founding member of the ChangeMakers Team.
What is your favorite thing about teaching math?
Being able to help students understand the way numbers work. Some students are so afraid to simply look at a math problem and psych themselves out before they even attempt to do the work. Being a math teacher allows me to support and address that self inflicted fear and help develop an "anything is possible" attitude in our students.
What was your favorite subject growing up?
History and Math
Did you always think you were going to become a teacher?
I had many other plans growing up. I wanted to be a Doctor, Marketing Executive, Head Chef, Pro Athlete, and Post Production Sound Engineer. Then, 4 years ago I had an epiphany that if I wanted our education system to change, I should begin to work on helping make that change I want to see.
What is your favorite candy bar or sweet treat?
Yogurt covered almonds.
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do and where would you go?
I would go to Maldives for 2 months (the whole summer) without any technology. I would sleep, swim, explore, and just spend time with my family
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically about Vallejo!)?
I love the diversity and rich culture in Vallejo, and the bay area in general.