Now I know you have been a part of Ensworth for many years, and you are one of the few who have been around long enough to teach the parents of some of your current students. So how many years have you been here exactly and what brought you to Ensworth?
This is the end of my 42nd year at Ensworth. I was teaching at East Nashville Junior High (the same building that is now East Literature Magnet), and Metro was changing from the junior high model to the middle school model. East Junior was being phased out and all teachers were being reassigned to other schools. I was doing a play at the Circle Theater and one of our patrons was the science chair at Ensworth, and a former classmate at Overton. He found out I was a math teacher, and told me there was an opening. Since I had to change schools anyway, I decided to apply. The rest is history.
For some reason, order of operations seems to very difficult for students to grasp. I love teaching math so much that I don’t really have a favorite topic, but I do have a special feeling for all of Algebra.
I have always had a special relationship with most of my students. Grades in my class are traditionally lower than in many classes, and I frequently tell my students that my goal is that the survivors will have an easy life, because the worst thing that could ever happen to them already has—my class! One class thought the bumper sticker would be funny, and had their parents print it and distribute it to all of my students. I thought it was fantastic! Certainly one of the funniest things my students have come up with. It seems to resurface every few years.
I know some people will be surprised, but I actually do read. I have recently finished The Robe, the entire Natty Bumpo series (James Fenimore Cooper), and am currently reading Fermat’s Last Theorem (math), For Cause and Country(Civil War), and A Terrible Glory (Custer’s last stand).
If you could be a fly on the wall in any Ensworth classroom which one would it be and why?
We have so many awesome teachers here that this one is hard. I think I would like to spend time in Dean Schneider’s room. My respect for what he does is profound, but I never seem to find time to visit his class.
This one is easy. It is the Washington trip. I am leaving early Sunday morning (Mar. 11) for my 23rd trip with the 8th grade. Every trip seems new and exciting and I always learn something new. The Trip seems to have a life of its own, and every year I feel that if I could have 24 hours of sleep I would turn around and do it all over again.