I believe in showing all students that they are more capable than they can ever imagine.”

Hai’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Mathematics

“Mathematics allow us to think clearly, no matter what we are thinking about. And mathematics education is a gatekeeper of higher education and many exciting careers.”

Professional Experience

The son of political refugees, Hai immigrated with his parents to the United States from Vietnam. Unknowingly, his belief in education took root in fifth grade. At a time when he could barely string together a complete paragraph in English, his teacher challenged him to write a short story. Hai credits this teacher’s belief in him for changing the course of his academic trajectory, which eventually included an acceptance to Harvard and a master’s degree in education from Stanford.

Hai is pursuing the teaching profession because he “ardently believes that all children deserve a teacher who believes in them.” As a first-generation college graduate, he is passionate about working with underserved youth and increasing their access to higher education. While studying math at UC Berkeley on a Bill & Melinda Gates Scholarship, Hai participated in several programs that fueled his enthusiasm for teaching, including AmeriCorps and Breakthrough. He is excited to empower students with the mathematical tools to think clearly about the world and become change agents in their communities.

To Hai, the most challenging part of being a teacher is serving every single student in the classroom; “it is putting into everyday practice the unyielding belief that all students can excel if given diverse opportunities to succeed.”


Hai enjoys theater/musicals, being active, and hunting for the best local eats

Academic Background

  • Stanford University (Master of Arts in the Teaching of Mathematics)
  • University of California – Berkeley (Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics)