The 20-21 school year will be my fourth year at Discovery Public School of Faribault. I began as a math teacher, replacing Mr. Darkow when he retired. I have since added many roles at Discovery. I am currently the Instructional Leader, taking on that role when Mr. Dan became our Director, 504 Coordinator, Technology Coordinator, Testing Coordinator, and Graduation Coordinator.
In my math classes, students are encouraged to develop math concepts from context, rather than learning skills through practice and drilling. Studies show that when students can make sense of a problem, they can figure out how to do similar problems without memorizing formulas.
As the Instructional Leader at Discovery, I help coordinate curriculum and also track student credits. I meet with each student, usually twice a year, to go over their transcripts and help keep them on track to graduate. We also review their test scores, and I help them set goals for academic achievement at Discovery.
I really enjoy teaching at Discovery. We have the flexibility and small class sizes that provide the opportunity to really get to know my students, which allows me to adapt the lessons to really anticipate the needs of my students. We also have the flexibility to work with individual students to develop education plans that work for them. We can alter student schedules to provide more challenging work, or perhaps offer a study hall or independent study to help them reach their educational potential.
I have three sons who have all earned bachelor’s degrees. My middle son is currently enrolled in grad school at the University of Minnesota. I live in rural Farmington where I raise chickens and have two horses and several cats. Before I became a teacher, I was a professional photographer. I have used my photography skills to enhance our website and start a yearbook program at Discovery. Each year I take senior pictures for many of our seniors.