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On occasion, a former student will send a letter that brightens a teacher's day as nothing else can. I received one recently from Mary, pictured here.

With her permission, I'm sharing her thoughtful words with you because it speaks to the experience of so many students--students who feel overwhelmed by demands of the course work, despite working hard to master it. But read, and you'll understand why perseverance is the name of the game. 

Morgan Fierst
South High Math Teacher



Hi Ms. Fierst 

I don’t know if you remember me, but I’m Mary Onchiri and I took AP statistics from 2013-2014. I struggled through AP stats and went to almost every exam correction session. I didn’t think I had a chance of getting a 3 on the AP test, but I surprised myself and got a 4 (thanks to your wonderful preparation)!
Currently, I’m a senior at the U of M studying Psychology. I’ve been very involved with research. Most of my research is quantitative and I’ve been taking graduate level statistics courses, so I’m able to conduct and interpret analyses.
I’m taking a gap year before applying to Psychology PhD programs, and my hope is to become a professor at an R1 university. In high school, I never imagined that I would pursue a career that requires statistics, but it turns out statistics is one of my favorite parts of research! 
I just wanted to say thank you for providing me with a solid background in statistics and showing me that math can be fun. 

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