Teaching at NP adding up for Mrs. Christina Boucher

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Achilles Triantafyllos

Mrs. Christina Boucher reviews today’s lesson plan on solving by elimination at the start of her 7th period algebra class.

The path to teachership is never the same. Some move schools for a while, eventually finding a place to settle, others find their home right away. Yet, others have to take a different way. A career change may be difficult for some people, but for Mrs. Christina Boucher, it was as easy as two plus three.

Before deciding to teach, Boucher used her math degree from Temple University to acquire an accounting job. She spent five years as an accounting specialist for a national litigation company. Despite her success, she needed to have a career change. The desk life did not click for her. For Boucher, teaching was a change that was worth every risk.

After graduating, I joined the corporate world and was successful working up the company ladder, but I realized a desk job wasn’t for me. Becoming a teacher has been the most challenging and rewarding decision I could have made for my career.”

— Mrs. Christina Boucher

“After graduating, I joined the corporate world and was successful working up the company ladder, but I realized a desk job wasn’t for me. Becoming a teacher has been the most challenging and rewarding decision I could have made for my career,” Boucher said.

This is Boucher’s 10th year teaching. Before coming to North Penn, she taught math and physics for five years at Vantage Academy located in Bridgeport, PA, and taught math for four years at Wilson High School located in West Lawn, PA.

One of the main reasons Boucher was attracted to North Penn High School is because her husband, Mr. Jeremy Boucher, is also a teacher at the high school. Family is a big part of many people’s lives and for Boucher, it’s no different.

“My family [brought me here]. My husband has worked for North Penn for nearly a decade, and our son has just started kindergarten nearby, so it no longer made sense for me to work 1.5 hours away. Thankfully North Penn had an opening and it all worked out,” Boucher stated.

Working with a spouse is a very rewarding experience for Boucher. The aspects are rewarding in a multitude of ways for Boucher, who is extremely grateful for this opportunity.

“Honestly, it’s great! We’ve worked at the same job many times in the past, including teaching at the same alternative school for a year where we even shared a classroom for part of the day. North Penn is so large that I never see him during the school day, but it’s nice being able to commute to work together and to have the same schedule,” Boucher said.

Though Boucher is now a math teacher for North Penn, she did not always envision this. In fact, during her time in high school, Boucher was not the biggest fan of anything math-related.

“When I was a high school student, if you had told me I would someday become a math teacher I would have laughed in your face! Math was often a struggle for me in high school. I had decent grades that gave me a lot of frustration and was a lot of hard work, but I absolutely loved science,” Boucher said.

Initially, Boucher was convinced that her original major in physics would lead her to her dream career. Yet, certain experiences in college led her down a new path she had never seen or thought about before.

When I got to college, I had a couple of awesome math teachers, and the subject finally ‘clicked’ for me. I fell in love with math but was frustrated that it had seemed so much more difficult in high school. My experience gave me a new purpose: make math accessible to everyone, especially students who have struggled with the subject like I did. My favorite part of teaching math is when a student gets an “a-ha!” moment in my classroom.”

— Mrs. Christina Boucher

“When I got to college, I had a couple of awesome math teachers, and the subject finally ‘clicked’ for me. I fell in love with math but was frustrated that it had seemed so much more difficult in high school. My experience gave me a new purpose: make math accessible to everyone, especially students who have struggled with the subject like I did. My favorite part of teaching math is when a student gets an “a-ha!” moment in my classroom,” Boucher said.

With these goals in mind, Boucher’s persona keeps her involved in what is important to her. With interests in not only math, but also reading, crafts, and nature, she is finding her way to engage with the North Penn High School community.

“I recently became the staff advisor for the math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta, and am looking for more opportunities to get involved. At my previous schools, I’ve been an advisor for the senior class, Spirit Club, and American Sign Language Club,” Boucher said

After finding her way in life, Boucher realized this opportunity of a lifetime and hopes this will be her home for as long as it can be.

“My hope is that I’ve found my ‘home’ for the rest of my career!” Boucher exclaimed.