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Charlie - The Math Lover

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

By Eliya Criniere

As finals approach, I’m reminded of where I was a few years ago - studying for a college algebra final at just 16 years old. Sounds stressful, right!?! But I had the best tutor in the world - my dad. He was a math teacher who would stop whatever he was doing and rush to my side whenever I needed him. He spent countless hours explaining the concepts to me until I finally got it. He valued family so much more than anything else.


My dad wasn't just focused on helping me pass the exam; he wanted me to actually enjoy math too. He used different teaching methods and made sure I understood the concepts. Thanks to him, I developed critical thinking skills that have been super helpful in my academic journey.



On one particular day, my dad was his usual goofy self, cleaning and cracking jokes while trying to help me. While I was annoyed that he kept getting distracted, watching him be so goofy was well worth it. He always made me laugh and relax, even when I was frustrated or nervous.


Looking back, I realize that our study sessions were more than just about math - they were about creating memories that I’ll always cherish. As I gear up for this year’s finals, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to have such a supportive family who always got my back and created memories that I’ll always cherish. They are my motivation and inspiration. And even though I’ll never get those times back, they will always stick with me.


- Eliya



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Erika D
Erika D
May 02, 2023

Loved getting another laugh from Charlie watching the video, looking at the pictures, and reading the stories.

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Brad Franklin
Brad Franklin
Apr 29, 2023

As a math teacher following in Charlie's footsteps at GHS, this gave me insight into why Charlie is so beloved and so effective at teaching math: it's an integral part of his identity he shared with those around him every day.

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Danielle Popovici
Danielle Popovici
Apr 29, 2023

Such a sweet and simple reminder ❤️. I’m sure a lot of teens can give the same testimony of your Dad helping them get through Math Class, while enjoying his company 😊

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Robin Criniere
Robin Criniere
Apr 29, 2023

Charlie seriously was the best at teaching math... He could break down even the most complicated concepts and make them easy to understand. He's the reason I pass Calculus in college! Love the video 😂! I miss his goofiness

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