Write down EVERYTHING you can remember about your algebra teacher.
-Sandy Union High School (currently Sandy High School)
-Had him for Algebra I (sophomore year) and II (senior year)
-He petitioned for me to move onto Algebra II even though I failed Geometry and was supposed to repeat it
-Never missed a day of work… unless you count the one day a year that he dressed up like Alex Trebek to help us study for our finals
-Inspirational quote on the wall each week
-Taught me how to properly shake someone’s hand (eye contact, smile, firm confident shake)
-Extremely kind, understanding, encouraging, honest
-Always willing to help (he wouldn’t move onto the next subject until everyone understood)
-Most kids didn’t want his class because he was a hard teacher. That made me like him even more. If you put the time in and studied, you would do well in his class
-Full of corny jokes
-One of my top three teachers of all time
-Shortly after high school, he sent me a small card encouraging me to follow my heard and chase my dreams. That card is one of the few things I have left from high school
-He didn’t just teach math, he taught fundamental values of being a good person
-Wrote me an amazing letter of recommendation for work/college
-Open door policy
Mr. Drew was my favorite instructor in high school and he was my standard for teachers throughout my college education. It saddens me a bit knowing that quality teachers are so few and far between. I have had at least 30 different teachers from K-Bachelor’s degree. I can count on one hand those that have been exceptional.
Thank you Kress for helping shape my life.