By Jane Kahan ’16
Mr. Angel Jacome, one of the special education teachers, is enjoying his last months teaching at Midwood. Starting this August, he is leaving Midwood to study at MIT.
MIT is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is well-known for its research and education programs in the physical sciences and engineering. Recently, they added new programs such as biology, economics, linguistics, and management. As of 2014, 81 Nobel laureates, 52 National Medal of Science recipients, 45 Rhodes Scholars, 38 MacArthur Fellows, and two Fields Medalists have been affiliated with MIT. University of Massachusetts has a strong entrepreneurial culture and the aggregated revenues of companies founded by MIT alumni are the eleventh-largest economy in the world.
His plan is to major in urban planning.
“I’ve always lived in cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia and now I live in New York and it’s my wish to see how the study interacts, especially with changing dynamics,” said Mr. Jacome.
Urban planning is a technical and political process concerned with the use of land and design of the urban environment, such as air, water, and the infrastructure passing into and out of urban areas such as transportation and distribution networks.
“More people today live in the cities rather than urban areas. And urban planners try to take that concept and apply to housing, transportation and infrastructure,” said Mr. Jacome.
Even though he is leaving soon, he still enjoys teaching in high school. “Midwood is full of bright kids, and it also reminds me of my school,” said Mr. Jacome. There are 4000 kids in this school, and it is full of diversity; he enjoyed his time teaching in school, but now he is ready to move on to something completely different.
“The nice thing about MIT is that it sends its graduates everywhere in the world. One of the graduates was send to Antimano [a district in Caracas, Venezuela] to study informal thing, another one is in Chile,” said Mr. Jacome.