With an academic career of over 20 years, Dr. Georgiana Popovici is an outstanding educator in mathematics and statistics. Based in Bucharest, Romania, she dedicates her time teaching to high school students in a prestigious private institution, but also in the Center for Excellence founded by her in an effort to help young people reach their academic success. Many of her students enroll in the highest rated universities in UK, but also in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany or USA. The discussion sheds light on her remarkable journey and commitment to her students’. Her deep understanding of mathematics and innovative teaching methods make her an inspiration in the world of education.
TEMUK: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us, Dr. Popovici. Your reputation as an exceptional educator in mathematics and statistics precedes you. Can you tell us what motivated you to specialize in this area and dedicate yourself to the academic journey of high-school students?
Dr. Georgiana Popovici: Thank you for having me. Mathematics has always been a subject that’s fascinated me, primarily because of its universal nature. I believe that it provides students with tools not just to solve equations, but to think logically and critically. Over the years, I saw a need to prepare students for international exams, and I felt I could make a difference by equipping them with the skills they need to succeed.
TEMUK: Your teaching philosophy emphasizes developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. How do you ensure this in your classroom?
Dr. Georgiana Popovici: It’s crucial to go beyond rote memorization. I focus on teaching concepts, not just formulas. By using real-life applications, interactive lessons, and technology, I ensure that students don’t just understand the ‘how’, but also the ‘why’. This nurtures their ability to approach problems with a critical mindset.
TEMUK: You’ve been known to adapt your teaching methods based on individual student needs. How do you approach this in a classroom setting with multiple students?
Dr. Georgiana Popovici: It’s about being observant and open. Every student is unique, and their learning style can be different. I utilize a variety of teaching tools and constantly assess their performance and feedback. This helps me to understand where they might be struggling and adapt my teaching methods accordingly.
TEMUK: The world of education is ever-evolving, especially with technological advancements. How do you stay updated and integrate new methodologies into your teaching?
Dr. Georgiana Popovici: Professional development is key. I attend seminars, workshops, and courses regularly. By networking with fellow educators and experts, I can gain insights into the latest teaching methodologies and technologies. I then experiment with these in my classroom, always aiming to create an optimal learning environment for my students.
TEMUK: Lastly, what advice would you give to students preparing for their SATs, A Levels, and other international exams?
Dr. Georgiana Popovici: Stay curious and never stop asking questions. Remember that exams are not just about memorization but understanding. Practice regularly, seek help when needed, and always believe in yourself. With the right mindset and preparation, you can achieve your academic goals.
TEMUK: Dr. Popovici, it’s been an honor speaking with you. Thank you for your invaluable insights.
Dr. Georgiana Popovici: Thank you for this opportunity. I hope that through our conversation, we can inspire more students to pursue their academic dreams with passion and determination.