Johnny Nguyen


Graduated:  2020


What was your MCS program of study?

I completed a Major in Mathematics and two Minors in Computer Science and Religion at UTM. 


What did you learn while at UTM?

During my time at UTM, I had the opportunity to delve deep into the world of mathematics, developing a strong foundation in both theoretical concepts and practical applications. The computer science and religion minors provided me with a unique blend of logical thinking and cultural awareness, which has proven to be a great asset in my current career as a high school teacher.

I was active in the UTM community, such as being a Facilitated Study Group Leader for first-year math courses, being the co-president of the UTM Vietnamese Student Association, and working as a TA for First-Year Calculus. 


Can you share with us your career story to date?

After graduating from UTM, I completed the Master of Teaching program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, with a focus on teaching Intermediate/Senior Mathematics and Religion, and completed research on Addressing Math Anxiety in the classroom. 

Currently, I am a full-time high school teacher at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, a career that I find incredibly rewarding. I am also working as a TA for MAT136 – Integral Calculus. 


Any advice on career planning and job search?

My advice for career planning and job searching is to stay curious and open-minded. Embrace opportunities to learn and grow, both inside and outside your chosen field. Networking is key, and don't underestimate the power of mentorship – attend workshops or events that allow you to make connections with people. Seek guidance from experienced professionals who can provide valuable insights and help shape your career path. Take any opportunities for shadowing jobs as it allows you to get hands-on experience in job fields that you are interested in.


Can you share any industry insights?

In the education field, adaptability is crucial. The landscape of education is constantly evolving, and being open to new methodologies and technologies will serve you well. It is also important that you know which age group you see yourself teaching because each age group has a different level of knowledge and maturity. Knowing your preferred age group will help you learn effective ways to meet your student’s social-emotional needs and make connections with their understanding of the world. 

Lastly, do research on the schools you want to work at – for example: location, subject(s)/grade level(s) you will teach, school vision, school demographics, extracurriculars, etc. Remember that teaching is not just about sharing your knowledge; it's about making a positive impact on your students’ lives.


How can MCS students connect with you? 

Feel free to contact me via my UofT email: or my work email:

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