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Steven Lecky inspires, motivates students

Kuba Alicki, Allison Dube, and Ani Zakarian

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From their first day walking into Steven Lecky’s class, most students at school can agree that Lecky has had a powerful impact on their learning and the school community. Through his charming personality, Lecky inspires his students with thoroughly prepared and engaging lessons in advanced and college level geometry alongside his AP/UCONN-level Dual-Enrollment calculus course (one of three such courses in the school). With the upcoming school year, he hopes to bring AP computer science to the table as a 21st-century skill.

Lecky completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in theoretical math at the Ohio State University. “As far as inspiration, I just really enjoyed the subject. It was something I was good at, I wasn’t great at math, but I just really enjoyed it. [In college] I did more of a theoretical math… rather than applied, but then I worked in the industry for a couple years and did applied math there,” Lecky explained.
Proud of his alma mater, he said his school offered him, “a tremendous education… and there were some very inspirational teachers in not just math, but other topics [as well], history in particular.” He found that the right teacher can make all the difference in his enjoyment of any subject. He knew teaching was the career for him and honed his skills in engaging students through observing these professors at Ohio State.
As a student who struggled, especially in college, it came naturally to him to want to help others through their learning process.
“With math not necessarily coming automatically to me, I thought I might be able to be a good teacher because I struggled with math from time to time as well, so… I thought I might have some skill to teach it well,” he explained.

In particular, Lecky recalls a pivotal moment in his life: “Sophomore year in college, I was walking across campus to drop out of being a math major because I was struggling in one of my courses. And then I stopped two-thirds of the way there and went and visited a professor and started seeking help and in that process things started to click. With just a little bit of one-on-one time, I became a much better mathematician.”
It is clear he does not take his students or this moment for granted: he makes time for his students whenever he can, and loves to stay after to help those who do need one-on-one time.
Wrapping up his recollection of the past, he says, “I thought it looked like a great profession just as I was going through high school. I had a few great teachers in high school, that were highly invested in student lives and student activities and student learning, and that just looked to me like something that I thought I would want to be a part of as well.”
In the upcoming year, Lecky is excited to be teaching AP Computer Science, one of the new classes coming next fall. “About three years ago, college board began this new computer science course…they started sending emails to calculus teachers because they felt, with our math background, that we would be good at teaching this.”
This will be a computer-based, AP level course open to anyone.
“I’ve been spending time literally every night reading about computer science,” Lecky says, excited for a new challenge. Bringing computer science to the AP level, with a standardized rigor, will profoundly benefit any students interested in computers or programming. As a 21st century skill, computer science is relevant to everyone, simply due to the fact that they exist everywhere.
Outside of school, Lecky works diligently towards his own personal goals. For about a decade Lecky and his son Matthew, a junior at MHS, have spent time searching for every species of reptile and amphibian in Connecticut. “Our goal is to find them and photograph them,” says Lecky.
They keep a log of where and when they find these creatures and at the moment have only two more species to photograph.
“One of them is buried deep in the Connecticut river,” Lecky explains, but despite these extreme situations they have already started trying various ways of reaching it.
Moving forward, Lecky hopes to continue inspiring students and teaching with practical applications. “I will take a look at a topic in math that doesn’t look to terribly interesting and really work hard to try to create lessons that are engaging.
That sometimes takes a lot of work on my end, to figure out ‘where is this mathematics useful, how does it connect to other things?’”
He wants students to enjoy the class so that they can get the most out of the courses he teaches. If students are able to understand the uses of the class in real life scenarios, they will have a much greater appreciation for the class.

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Steven Lecky inspires, motivates students