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Dear parents, families, and students,
Welcome to sixth grade! I hope you and your family had a wonderful summer and are eager to begin a new school year.
To share a little about myself, I grew up in Newark, just a short drive east of New Albany. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Middle-Childhood Education in 2009 at The Ohio State University, and a Masters of Education from OSU in 2011. Teachers are fascinating creatures who obsessively never stop learning, exploring, and dreaming, though! I’ve enjoyed countless workshops, classes, conventions, community outreaches, and more over the years and have gained so much from listening and sharing with my incredible colleagues. Recently, I finished an exciting two years of programming to help me introduce coding and robotics to elementary students, and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned so far with my students.
This school year marks a significant professional change for me, as I’ve taught 4th graders for the past 6 years and loved each one! And while I’ve enjoyed teaching all subjects at one point or another, I couldn't be more thrilled to work with 6th graders as we connect math to your child’s inspirations, aspirations, and the cutting-edge innovations of our world. As a young person who once loathed and felt overwhelmed by mathematics in school, I’m passionate about reaching all of my students - instilling a love and curiosity for math as it applies directly to their lives, their futures.
When I’m not teaching (and reflecting, planning, organizing, and all that jazz) you’ll find me doing pretty typical “not-teacher” things with my family and friends. Mrs. Maccombs and I enjoy sightseeing and took a three week road trip up the west coast this summer, where I fell in love hiking Yosemite, The Redwoods, and Crater Lake. I love running, going to concerts, finding new and fun spots to dine around Columbus, cooking, reading, and tinkering with technology. Recently, I started rock wall climbing and mountain biking. I also need help from my students this year to hold me accountable to two personal goals I’ve set - learning to speak Spanish, and learning to play the piano! I look forward to supporting my students as they set their own goals for the school year.
In our class, we value hard work and perseverance, learning from mistakes, and taking risks to become more confident, well-rounded citizens. We’ll learn how to construct arguments and critique the reasoning of others, model our thinking, and problem solve to reach a deep level of understanding in mathematics. Together, we can overcome our fears and doubts, challenge each other to grow, and become the better version of ourselves daily. Let’s make this year unforgettable!
~Mr. Maccombs (Mr. M)