I am a 41 year old father of three. I'm a natural born Texan, And except for a time as an Army brat moving all over the world, I've been born and raised almost entirely in Texas. My children are amazing, a 16 year old daughter that attends RF High School as a Junior and two smaller ones, a daughter that's 7 and starting Second Grade, and a son that is 6, and starting 1st. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, (Go Islanders!) with my Bachelors majoring in Interdisciplinary studies (education, focus in math), certified grades 4-8, AND 8-12.
This is my 5th year here at Rockport Fulton High School, and I don't see that changing any time soon.
To maintain active communication with students and parents on the learner's progress.
To do this, I use Skyward email system. Please ensure the high school has a valid email address that is checked regularly for student progress.
My Interests include multiple things, but top of my list now is Teaching! (imagine that). I love teaching, and I love all my students, without exception. I work hard to get those moments where understanding begins in Mathematics. When I can explain something and the student says "Ohhhh....." and they get it. At that moment, I got -them- to understand something new, and have helped make them better and smarter people.
My wife has been my rock (and sometimes my hard place too) to make sure I stuck to the path to get this amazing career. Her love and support when things were hard, were invaluable and she comes first in my life. She is God's gift to me to cherish and take care of, and I take on that responsibility willingly and without reservation.
Other minor interests, the things I do when I'm not a Teacher, Father or Husband, usually involves Movies, Reading, and gaming. I love sci-fi, fantasy, adventure and comedy, or any combination of these. Most of my favorite books, are fantasy but have religious influence in their telling.
I am a member of Coastal Oaks Baptist Church in Rockport, TX. My entire immediate family are members and deeply involved with most activities there.
Books and Links
PAP CLASSES: If you are looking for a lesson plan for your course, please go to the link I provided you in class, and in the skyward email. Here it is again for your convenience!
I was there. How about you?
Too old for your tastes? How about this:
(Sorry! I would have embedded the videos directly here, but its copyright risky. I prefer our school not be hunted by copyright attorneys looking to profit off of our not-for-profit.)
My Shared Files
- April 1-5 REG algebra 2.pdf (pdf)(528 KB)
- LP March 25-29 Alg2reg.pdf (pdf)(530 KB)
- LP March 18-22 Alg2reg.pdf (pdf)(429 KB)
- Lesson Plans 3rd Nine Weeks, 2019.pdf (pdf)(789 KB)
- DECEMBER 10 to 21.pdf (pdf)(569 KB)
- REG Algebra 2 Nov 5 to Dec 7 (docx)( 15 KB)
- LP NOV 5 to DECEMBER.pdf (pdf)(415 KB)
- LP Sept18 to Oct5 ALG2REG.pdf (pdf)(450 KB)
Q: What is your schedule?
1st Period - 8:30 am to 9:20
Algebra 2 regular
2nd Period - 9:25 to 10:15
Algebra 2 PAP
3rd Period - 10:20-11:10
Conference and Planning Period
(this is when i might call or email home, and best time to reach me, 361-790-2122. EMAIL IS BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH)
4th period - 11:45 - 12:35
Algebra 2 PAP
5th period - 12:40 - 1:30
6th period - 1:35 - 2:25
7th period - 2:30 - 3:20
8th period - 3:20 - 4:00
Q: "When will I EVER use Math in the real world Mr. Young?? Come on! this has no use!"
A: Buckle up. Memorize this:
You may not realize it yet, but the mental muscle used to do algebra is used -every- single day. You may not have to solve for "X". But trying something -hard-, confusing, or feels impossible until you find the solution...Using what facts you DO know in order to figure out life's most difficult problems... That is teaching you to think for yourself and problem solve -any- problem. Not just numbers, its the same muscle!
Weight lifters lift weights. When will a weight lifter ever need to lift the same iron in a series of reps over and over again?
Never! But it builds a skill they can apply to other areas of their life.
Q: What classes do you teach?
A: This year, 18-19, I teach Algebra 2, both Regular and Advanced.
Q: How hard is it to pass your class?
A: That entirely depends on the amount of effort -you- put into it. I cannot find it in my heart to fail someone that really gave me 100% of their best effort. One of the greatest things about math, is that even by -trying-, you can learn a lot. Even by trying and getting something wrong, you've learned something new about how not to solve a problem. These hidden skills, of trying even when the outcome is uncertain, is a life skill the world could use more of. Failure is often what people fear the most, and keep them from excelling, but are also the lessons we remember most, and how we do better the next time we try. Toddlers don't learn to walk without falling a few times, correct? Its the same with any new skill. You wont skin your knees though in my class. Hopefully.
Q: How hard is it to make an "A" in your class?
A: It's hard! You have to give me 100% all the time and get your problems answered neatly and correctly. Helping other students in class to learn when they struggle will go a long way to improving your grade as well.
You solidify your own knowledge when you begin to teach others how to do something. Their questions will teach you confidence in your own understanding of the math, as you explain the answers in concise and understandable language.
Q: Can I add you on facebook?
A: Sure! .... When you graduate from highschool as a brand new, bright and shiny new adult. :)
Q: When is your conference period?
A: 3rd period! That is 10:20 to 11:10. Email is THE best way to contact me, and set an appointment if you want to sit and talk.
Q: Do you have tutorials times?
A: Yes! Starting this year i'm excited to say that RFHS has implemented an Advisory program once again. It will be 8th period before the busses come. This opens up class time in your day to seek me out for extra help. Some students it will be mandatory assignment to certain teachers to foster growth in a subject area, but now "I didnt have time, i ride the bus" is no longer a valid excuse to make up failed tests or get some questions answered. TAKE full of advantage of this opportunity in every class!
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