Teachers, as it’s been said many times before, have the ability to change lives. But we’d like you to meet one man who’s trying to change the lives of the teachers themselves.
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Jim Simons is a renowned mathematician and philanthropist who, as founder of Renaissance Technologies, is worth about $14 billion. No doubt, this is a man who believes in the power of numbers, which is why he wants to make sure dedicated math and science teachers remain in their fields so that more young students grow up to do the same.
And, as he explains in the clip below, he’s doing something pretty cool to make sure that deserving New York City math and science teachers feel valued. How? By giving them an extra $15,000 in pay a year each, through the unique nonprofit he started with his wife, called Math for America.
"There’s a great morale among them," he says of the 800 teachers who have been helped so far. "They’re staying in the field. Next year, it’ll be 1,000 [teachers]."
Apparently, it's rare for Simons to give interviews, so we were excited to listen to what he had to say. Hear his inspiring words about teachers at around the 18-minute mark, although the entire clip is filled with fascinating comments by this obviously brilliant man.
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