Michael Chin graduated from UCSD with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Secondary Science Education. In his senior year of undergrad, he was introduced to the High Tech High Schools through student teaching 10th grade Chemistry at High Tech High International. The following year, he continued on site as the 12th grade Academic Coach before transitioning into pursuing his M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning through High Tech High’s Graduate School of Education. During the past academic year, he taught 10th grade Chemistry at High Tech High North County as he worked towards his Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential for Science. Michael decided to pursue education during his second year in college after discovering how fulfilling and meaningful investing in others could be. By serving as a “Big” in his club on campus and working as a Peer Mentor for the Triton Freshman Scholars Program, he realized he had a passion for teaching and assisting students from under-served backgrounds succeed in college. Through his coursework as part of the Education Minor at UCSD, his eyes were opened to the vast inequities that are present in the our country’s school system and he desired to make a difference in these communities. These past three years working in the High Tech Schools have greatly impacted his view of how education can be structured through the lens of hands-on and collaborative learning. His aspiration for joining the TAP program is to learn how to foster a classroom environment in which rigorous science coursework can be supported by equitable, project-based, and anti-racist practices. To learn more about this view, please read his teaching philosophy that is linked below. Outside of the classroom, Michael is an avid K-pop fan, a board game fanatic, a video game enthusiast, and a big sweet tooth. He spends most of his free time on the things listed above or finding new places in San Diego to eat with his friends. His first home was Queens in New York City, but after being raised in the East Bay Area near San Francisco, he moved to San Diego for his undergraduate degree. He fell in love with the city and beauty of San Diego and decided to settle down here as he grows in his practice. He is looking forward to applying what he has learned next school year as he begins teaching 10th grade Math full time at the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High.