Actually my name is Marc Garneau, and I have never been an astronaut. For Hallowe’en several years ago I dressed up like the photo above. When my students asked what I was called, I said Pi-Guy. Thankfully, they said, “No, you should be Pi-Man!”, and the name has stuck ever since.
Originally a secondary mathematics teacher, I now work with a fabulous group of colleagues, forming the K-12 Numeracy/Science Team for the Surrey School District (British Columbia). We provide district-level, school-level, and classroom-level support for the teaching, learning, and assessing of mathematics (oh, and science too). My how time flies – I’m now entering my 10th year in this role.
I’m also a T³ National Instructor (Teachers Teaching with Technology). I enjoy doing workshops on how to integrate the TI-Nspire effectively into math classrooms, but I also get very geeky with programming and Lua-scripting to produce lessons and activities, including several for MathNspired. I have another blog where I share some geeky TI-Nspire tips.
Besides technology, I’m also passionate about teaching through problem solving, inquiry learning, and the mathematical processes – especially visualization.