Interview conducted by Isabella Ricklow (G10) and Liana Tang (G9)
Mr. Cheung, thanks for talking to us today. First of all, why did you become a teacher?
I didn't plan to be a teacher at first since I studied science, which makes me an insurance calculator per se. However, what inspired me to become a teacher was bad teaching. Back in high school, my friends had uninspiring teachers, and because of those experiences, they did not enjoy math and other subjects as much. I'm good at maths and I’m passionate about its merits. I want future generations to have a good experience and positive exposure to mathematics, so that they will see maths in a good light. And that's what propelled me to become a teacher.
Tell us about your education.
I was born in Hong Kong, and I moved to Canada when I was 10. I studied in Canada for 17 years and graduated from the University of Waterloo in Actuarial Science. Since coming back to Hong Kong around eight years ago, I have been a tutor and a teacher. I also completed my Master's Degree in Mathematics just last year.
What are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about many things, besides mathematics. I enjoy playing music quite a bit. I've played both the trumpet and trombone, and I also like to sing. Right now I'm also in a ToastMasters Club, a public speaking and leadership development organisation, where we hold meetings every two weeks.
Since you teach mathematics, I wanted to ask you what is mathematics and its purpose?
Mathematics, in general, provides a model to describe things and the behavior of life around us. For me personally, I use maths in automating my daily tasks that are repetitive and mundane. And it gives me time to explore other areas which I enjoy, like music and perhaps public speaking. For students, I would say mathematics is an excellent subject where it develops your critical thinking and problem-solving skills that require the use of maths and manipulation.
How does Maths come into your daily life?
Maths knowledge can help you see which products are more beneficial, both costs and quality-wise. That translates over to buying the right insurance, being enrolled in the right program, and also subscribing to the right services.
When you're having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
What is the best piece of advice you've received?
Life's too short to stress over everything. So slow down and pause when you need to!