Coming from a modest background, Huong's parents instilled the value of math education throughout her middle and high school years. As a child, she yearned to find ways to help underachievers excel. After graduate school, Huong did research as an engineer for two years before taking time off to raise her two children.
Huong is currently working as a math teacher at West Seattle High School, teaching AP Calculus, Algebra 1, and the Agile Mind program for underachievers. Huong believes strongly that everyone can learn and succeed if they are taught with enthusiasm and step-by-step instruction. The main key to her closing the achievement gap and raising High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) test scores is to have an outstanding math curriculum, a differentiated classroom, and support to her students where needed.
Besides teaching, Huong also is working diligently to bring her product The Numero Cube System to the market by Spring 2012. This product can teach young children several math skills—place value, number sequence, number comparison, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, simple algebra, and exploration of commutative property of addition and multiplication. This teaching manipulative will change how children learn mathematics in America.
Huong's mission is for all children to become outstanding students who can think analytically, logically, and creatively in mathematics in order to pass the HSPE and to solve real world practical applications. Perhaps her greatest dream is for children to develop passion and love for this subject. Mathematics is everywhere—in nature, art, science, and music. Math is fun and beautiful when students can think beyond the classroom environment to see how a quadratic function can be used to model the Golden Gate Bridge or a pattern of a basketball as well as how to use math to double or triple a cooking recipe.
Huong has been able to inspire ADD and ADHD students to become outstanding and successful learners in her Algebra 1 math class. Her classroom is an extraordinary learning environment. Students conduct experiments with toy cars to see how slopes of lines can vary and how car speeds are affected by the steepness of the angles.