Gil LeFrancois teaches math in the Upper School. “I enjoy helping students develop the ability to examine problems from multiple perspectives,” says LeFrancois. “This increases the likelihood that they will experience those great “ah-ha’ moments where they recognize an insight that connects different concepts, allowing them to solve challenging problems.”
LeFrancois serves as chair of the math department. In addition to teaching, he has coached soccer for 20 years, coached track and chess teams, advised the juggling club, and led Winterim groups.
“A few years ago on a trip to Joshua Tree National Park for a Winterim rock climbing course, we arrived in Southern California to heavy rain and cold temperatures,” recalls LeFrancois. “We set up camp just before the temperature dropped. We had snow for the next two days and weren’t able to climb. Despite their disappointment, the students did a wonderful job of working with their teachers to make the most of our time in the high desert. Thankfully, the precipitation stopped and the weather warmed up so that we could climb for the next four days.”
LeFrancois was born in Frankfurt Germany and still supports the home soccer team. He also enjoys long-distance hiking, juggling, chess, the game of go, reading, and astronomy. He volunteers for Coast Savers, a group that picks up garbage along the Washington coast and particularly likes to work at Hole-in-the-Wall at Rialto Beach. He and his brother completed the Pacific Crest Trail this summer as section hikers, having started in 2001.