One of the coolest mathematicians that I have met has to be John Mighton. When I first started teaching I worked in an inner-city Toronto School. The kids there hated math. But John changed all of that. He created a program called JUMP math. I was lucky enough to be one of the first teachers’ to use the program. The neat thing about John was that he didn’t even like Math when he was in school. Like me, he didn’t start to like math until late into adulthood. And he’s not just a mathematician! He writes scripts for movies and plays. He’s even an actor. He was the script advisor for a neat movie about a young math genius, titled, **Good Will Hunting**. One of my favorite parts about working with John Mighton and JUMP Math was the cool volunteers he brought with him. One day Chris Murphy, the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, **Sloan**, walked in and said he would be the class math tutor for the term! But the best part about working with John Mighton and JUMP Math was that students who didn’t believe they could do math were doing it with ease by the end of the term. I still use JUMP Math today!

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