It’s funny how things do and don’t work out… from a student who viewed math as set of rules that stood between me and an “A” to an agriculture teacher in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, to my current passion helping students find the beauty in using math as a way to view the world; I have been more blessed than I deserve.
I never pictured myself as a math teacher growing up. I was going to be a mover and a shaker in the marketing and public relations world. From internships to speaking endeavors and published articles I always knew I was destined to be a “somebody”. What I didn’t know in those early years was that I would walk into a classroom at the age of 20 and have my priorities forever changed. I decided I didn’t need expense accounts, fancy suits, and luxuries trips…what I needed was a job that would challenge me to my core, push me beyond exhaustion and fill my soul.
Over the years, this blog has evolved as much as my teaching style. I learned some hard lessons about putting yourself out there for criticism (thank you Reddit and Hacker News), got to connect with some of the greatest math teachers and professionals I have ever had the honor to know, and have grown up in more ways than I count. Whether it is a lesson plan, a heartwarming story, or a life lesson from one of my many teaching disasters I hope you will enjoy reading about what happens in room 406 and find something to take (good or bad) to your own classroom.
I do consulting work and speaking on a limited basis but would love to hear how I can help you better serve your math students better so please shoot me an e-mail and let me know.