Taylor Gibson has been a member of the mathematics faculty since 2013. He served as the department coordinator in 2017-2018 and has served as the Dean of Mathematics since June 2018. His work with the Summer Bridge Program has helped incoming juniors prepare for their transition to NCSSM and his Summer Accelerator course in cryptography has been developed into an interdisciplinary course in mathematics and computer science that will be taught residentially, online, and through IVC. Taylor has been an assistant coach for the cross-country team since 2015 and is a sponsor for Third Beall residence hall. He holds a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in mathematics education from the University of Georgia.
What is something you enjoy about teaching at NCSSM?
"I love that our faculty have the freedom to develop and teach new and exciting courses, either through January term or during the Fall or Spring semesters. Many of our courses taught at NCSSM can't be found at any other high school and help prepare our students for future work in college or in their careers. "
Mr. Gibson's Math Fun Fact
Did you know that you can use the Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, ... )to approximate converting miles to kilometers (and vice versa)? If you pick a term, for example 5, and assume it represents a distance in miles you can use the following term, in this case 8, as an estimate of the same distance in kilometers. It's surprisingly accurate: 5 mi = 8.04672 km and 8 mi = 12.874752 km. Why? The ratio of adjacent terms in the Fibonacci sequence approach of 1.6180... (the golden ratio) and the scale factor to convert miles to kilometers is about 1.6093. They're almost the same number!