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About the Teacher

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About the Teacher

I am starting my twelfth year of teaching mathematics.  I received my Bachelor Degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in Mathematics and became certified to teach in Texas.  I have taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade mathematics, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Pre-calculus.  I grew up in Red Bud, Illinois and entered the navy after high school.  I received technical training in the military and afterwards worked for various companies dealing with power generation, industrial control and nuclear medicine in the St. Louis area.  I always wanted to teach and after marrying my wife, we decided to pursue my teaching career in Texas.  We returned home after five years of teaching in Dallas Texas, and I am happy to be working with the students and parents of Farmington until my retirement. 

 

 

Rationale

High school and lower level math is the stepping stone to using mathematics in everyday life and taking higher level mathematics courses.  The tools that the students will learn in these class will be used in Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and higher level mathematics. Students often wonder how they will apply what they learn in this class.  Mathematics is more than adding and subtracting or solving word problems. Mathematics develops the critical thinking skills that the mind requires to solve a multitude of life problems in and outside of the classroom.  Here is an example:  Students will use the Pythagorean Theorem repeatedly and usually just see a formula and know how to use it.  I have personally used this tool of mathematics to determine real, apparent and reactive power for the power generation industry.  The simple process of solving equations is how we determine resistance and capacitance in electronic circuitry.  Computers work by adding ones and zeros at a very fast rate.  The above are just a few examples of how mathematics can be used in everyday life.  It will be my job to bring reality to how mathematics is used in the real world by examples and in lessons.  Mathematics exercises the development of the mind to expand the capacity for ever increasing critical thinking skills and will assist the students in acquiring employment in the difficult and often technical job market of today.