Nour Mussa

Nour Mussa

Mathematics Teacher Assistant


  • BA in Mathematics, University of Rochester, NY, USA

My journey into teaching began during my time at UWC Dilijan, where I had the privilege of immersing myself in a two-year experience that I consider both a blessing and a privilege. It was during this time that I had the opportunity to serve as a tutor for a French acquisition course. Witnessing the joy on my peers' faces as they made progress in their language skills ignited an interest for teaching within me. This experience, combined with my intrinsic motivation to help others understand maths-related concepts during my studies at the University of Rochester in New York, solidified my desire to pursue a career in education.

I am excited to bring my enthusiasm and knowledge to my teaching role. I am eager to form new friendships and make a positive impact on the lives of students.

Why did you choose mathematics as your major?
Ironically, my interest for maths did not develop during my childhood. In fact, I struggled with the subject, and I vividly remember the fear and frustration I experienced in school. Looking back, I realise that I used to try to memorise formulas without truly understanding their meaning, which ultimately led to disappointment after receiving my test scores. However, the turning point came when I found myself surrounded by patient educators and supportive friends who encouraged me to approach maths step by step.

Gradually, I discovered the beauty of mathematics and its practical applications, especially as I delved deeper into the field of computer science. I came to realise that maths is not just about memorising formulas. It is a way of thinking that allows us to tackle complex problems that exist in the world around us. I like that in mathematics, we can make use of analogies and models that serve as invaluable visual aids, enabling us to break down intricate tasks into more manageable pieces.

My journey in mathematics has been transformative, and I grew up to appreciate the elegance and significance of the subject. It has taught me to approach challenges with logical reasoning and to seek creative solutions. Through my studies and experiences, I have developed a profound respect for the field and its practical relevance. It is this understanding and appreciation that led me to choose mathematics as my major.

Given it will be your first teaching position, what kind of teacher would you aspire to be?
I am driven by a strong passion to bridge the gap between the teaching and learning of mathematics, challenging the perception that maths is impractical and merely about memorising formulas. My aspiration is to teach adolescents, with the hope to instil in them a genuine interest and appreciation for the subject. With my background as a non-native English speaker and my experiences overcoming personal challenges, I feel well-equipped to relate to and support students, especially those who come from similar backgrounds. And, I look forward to learning from students and co-workers at UWCD.

Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
My best friend inspires me, he has an incredible background and is very hard working. I am so grateful to know him.

What is your life motto?
No one is perfect; learn to tackle your problems and solve them quickly if you can.

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
God, healthy food and technology. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to watch movies and play video games.