After discovering a love for high level math during his junior year, high school graduate Braden Coleman is hoping to earn a teaching degree so he can help …
After discovering a love for high level math during his junior year, high school graduate Braden Coleman is hoping to earn a teaching degree so he can help others learn to do it themselves.
“I found a love of math starting last year in pre-calculus, and I want to continue that on,” he said. “A lot of people don’t understand it.”
That said, the best way to learn something difficult may be to teach it.
Coleman, 18, is a member of the class of 2019.
He is graduating with a 3.7 GPA and has earned a full ride scholarship to earn his associates and bachelors degrees.
Leader readers have seen his name time after time in the honor roll lists.
Now, Coleman will attend Eastern Washington University come fall, and hopes to return to high school, this time as a math teacher, after completing degrees.
He will be the first in his family to complete college, he said.
He said he hopes to foster a love of math in his future students.
“I feel like math is underappreciated and people should be enlightened in the ways of math,” he said. “A cool thing about calculus is you can get into applications for more advanced sciences. You can know what is going on behind the scenes for physics or chemistry.”
Essentially, calculus is the base for all the advanced mathematics, he said.
As a high school student, Coleman was involved in tennis, football and golf.
He was also a member of the knowledge bowl team and historian for the National Honors Society.
Coleman’s mother is Suzanne Ross and his father is Robert Coleman.