Lenny Leum

Office Hours for Fall 2022

Monday - Thursday from 10:00 - 11:05pm via Zoom or we can set up another time, see the Canvas Home page or email me for the Link.

Short Personal History

I am a Mathematics Instructor, and it is my passion to teach math to anyone that wants to learn this subject.

I grew up in Southern California and first visited the Watsonville/Santa Cruz area as a teenager. I was impressed by the tall redwood trees and the powerful waves. When I was 18 years old I moved to the area as a full-time student at UC Santa Cruz (I came for the great surfing in the area as well). I graduated 5 years later with a Bachelors degree (B.A.) in Latin American and Latino Studies and Politics. Afterwards, I worked in various temporary teaching jobs in grades K-12 around Santa Cruz for three years - continuing to progress my surfing and trying to earn enough of an income to stay in the area.

One summer, after my teaching job ended in June, I put all my stuff in storage and headed out for a month to hike the John Muir Trail from Mount Whitney to Yosemite. When I got back to Santa Cruz I was hired as a substitute teacher for grades K-12. I also enrolled in classes at Cabrillo College hoping to get letters of recommendation and apply to a Masters degree program. The following year after sending in college applications, I decided to throw caution (and most of my savings) to the wind and hike the Pacific Crest Trail. It took me about 5 months that April until September to walk over 2653 miles from the border wall by Mexico all the way into Canada. Along the way, when I was in town, I replied to college application requests. Soon after reaching Canada, I took the train back and started a Masters degree program studying Mathematics at Cal State East Bay. I finished my Masters degree (M.S.) in 3 years and transferred back to UCSC, studying to earn a PhD in Mathematics. After 3 years studying and teaching at UCSC, I failed out of the PhD program (although I did earn a second Masters degree, M.A. in Mathematics from UCSC) and the following year found this wonderful job teaching at Cabrillo, in 2016!