Joshua Bloom joins Bishop’s as a teacher of computer science. Mr. Bloom earned his bachelor’s degree in educational studies and computer science from Swarthmore College, where he was a teaching assistant in both the mathematics and computer science departments. After Swarthmore, Mr. Bloom worked as the instructional technology specialist and teacher at Qatar Academy Sidra. Mr. Bloom is earning his master’s in computing and education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. His professional experience includes web development and consulting for Stamford Scientific International, Inc. and media services work for Columbia’s Teachers College.
Q: What was your first impression of the Bishop’s Community?
A: I was struck by the intellectual curiosity of the students. I walked into a middle school advisory at 8 o’clock in the morning and the students had organized a trivia game on the geography of Greenland.
Q: What do you love most about teaching?
A: The opportunity to learn from my students and to serve a role model each and every day.
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?
A: Hmm…I think it’s still too early to tell what will be my greatest accomplishment.
Q: Who is your hero/mentor?
A: My dad. He’s an incredibly hard worker and has always led by example.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: To hike the Appalachian Trail.
Q: If you could travel in time, what time period would you visit and why?
A: I would travel to the future, so that I can better prepare my students for the challenges they’ll face as adults.
Q: If you had to sing karaoke, which song would you choose?
A: “Closing Time” by Semisonic.
Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A: When people cut in line.
Q: What’s the last book you read?
A: “Not Quite a Genius” by Nate Dern.
Q: Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?
A: My eighth-grade math teacher because of his willingness to stay after school with me and review everything he taught earlier in the day.
Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: To slow down time. There’s so much I want to do and there just never seems to be enough time in a day.