# Mathematician or Educator?

A couple of weeks ago I was at an IMA organised Mathematics and Industry event at Rolls-Royce in Derby. One of the speakers posed the question “Are you a mathematician or educator?”. This has led me to think about where I stand on the related  “Mathematician or educator?” question.

Ultimately I would describe myself as a mathematician who teaches. Whilst I’m passionate about good teaching and teaching concepts in a way that everyone can understand I don’t feel that teaching defines my outlook on life. Whereas being a mathematician in some way seems to define how my brain works and how I look at the world.

I think it is easy to forget the mathematician in the day-to-day world of teaching but I think I owe it to my students to let them see the mathematician side of me and not just the teacher side of me.