Who is Mrs. Stoica?

My name is Andreea Stoica and I will be your teacher this semester. 

Every day I will post our lesson, maybe even a video of what we learn in class. Every week I will be posting assignments, updates, marks, important announcements, so you might want to bookmark the site. I believe in making your experience in the classroom one that you will remember, have fun while we are all learning and present the content in a way that is easy to understand, is linked to the real world and makes sense to you, as a learner. 

Who am I
I am a biking enthusiast, a wannabe Master Chef competitor, a Hamilton, the musical singer, only in the privacy of my car, an avid gardener, a wife, a mother of 2 boys and 1 girl, a daughter. I am an educator, a math enthusiast, a business professional.
What I do for a living

I am the mathematics and business program area leader at Abbey Park High School;  I have over a decade of experience as a business professional and financial consultant. While i miss the thrill of meeting new companies and learning about different technologies, I absolutely LOVE my new career. 

Why I love what I do…
Teaching keeps me close to the future of society – students are our future and I enjoy every minute in the classroom. Venture Capital helped me stay in touch with what is going on in the market, understand current business trends. 

Most embarrassing moment… I have TWO
  • In a board meeting, I reached for a business card in my pocket and pulled out a personal female hygiene item. The recipient of said business card was a very serious business man. OOPS!!!!
  • While I was pregnant with my eldest son my water broke during a board meeting while we were discussing financial statements for the company I recommended for investment. Needless to say to meeting did not last long. 

The best advice I was ever given…
The best leaders know to be great followers and know how to listen (Pat DiPietro). I was fortunate to work with some great minds and forward thinking men and leaders: Chris, John and Pat I owe many of my good moments to you three. I will pay it forward to my students and my kids. 

What should you strive towards...
Put yourselves in uncomfortable situations, because this is how you are going to learn and grow. If it feels hard, it means you are learning. 

How I find my strength within…
I think about my sons, my daughter, my family – and I know somewhere out there and here on my shoulders, my amazing son, who did not get a chance to conquer this world,  and my dad help me conquer whatever obstacles come my way. They did it so far. I feel you with me every step of the way.

We might not always have the smoothest ride to the top, but it is the journey that counts. I have learned through personal hardships, tragedies, joy, happiness, and sheer luck that life needs to be enjoyed every moment.

Why become a teacher...
The answer could be long and complicated or as simple as this: for the feeling I get when I get a message like the ones below from some of my students:priceless. Because I want to make a difference in YOUR life. Because I want to tell every student that there is something bigger and better waiting for them, should they trust me enough to lead them to tomorrow.  Because I want students to reach the best versions of themselves.  Because I want to be part of something big: our future.