James Goehmann

Upper School Math

At MPA since 2017
University of Chicago – B.A.
University of Chicago – M.A.T.

James Goehmann brought more than four decades of teaching experience, including nearly three decades as math department chair, when he joined the Upper School faculty at Morgan Park Academy.

Mr. Goehmann teaches AP Calculus AB, honors pre-calculus, and honors geometry; leads an advisory group; sits on the Upper School’s Honor Council; and is a faculty moderator for our Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) competition team.

He studied at the University of Chicago, where he earned a B.A. in mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.


What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy it when students succeed in mathematics beyond the level they thought they could achieve. I enjoy the sense of accomplishment that students get when they overcome difficult math topics, especially if they were anxious about their ability to handle those topics.

What do you want your students to take away from having known you?

At the end of the school year, I want my students to be relieved that they have completed such a difficult course, but proud of how much they learned. I would like them to be able to apply that math knowledge to real-life applications. I would like them to be more confident that they can handle future academic challenges.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I had quite a few exceptional teachers, especially in high school. I also had some success helping my friends understand things that were giving them trouble.

What are some of your interests and hobbies?

I’ve traveled to all 50 states, all the Canadian provinces, and over 200 units of the National Park Service. My wife and I are members of the Criterion Bar Association, a Sherlock Holmes group, and I have written and published three (obscure) books about Sherlock Holmes.