Silver Spring teacher popular for math raps resigns

A Montgomery County math teacher lauded for his creative math raps resigned from the school system in late April, signing an agreement that he says bans him from discussing the circumstances.

Jake Scott, a teacher at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, won praise locally and nationally for creating math videos that put such concepts as the quadratic equation and the Pythagorean theorum to upbeat raps that drew his students in.

The Post profiled him last November. Scott, who grew up in Capitol Heights, rapped under the name 2 Pi and also was a wrestling coach at Blair.

School system officials would not comment except to say that Scott’s resignation was effective April 23. Scott had worked for Montgomery County schools 17 years, and Superintendent Joshua P. Starr had tweeted about his work.

Scott said he is writing and creating more videos.

“All I can say is my objective is promoting student education,” Scott said, noting that he is leaving with “the utmost respect” for Starr and Montgomery Blair principal Renay Johnson.

Scott was honored as a 2011 teacher of the year by Montgomery County’s branch of the NAACP, in collaboration with the school system.

Donna St. George writes about education, with an emphasis on Montgomery County schools.
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