I have been teaching high school math for the past 25 years.
I started out teaching geography, but I quickly found a home in the math department.
I’ve been at the same school district for the last two decades and I have taught numerous children and their children as well. I love teaching high school math and I have always found the position to be extremely rewarding and challenging. Some of the challenges that I face each day have nothing to do with teaching the children. For instance, the limit switch on the furnace was broken last week and the blower was running all day. The classroom was extremely hot and uncomfortable. I spoke with the custodial engineer about the furnace problem. He advised me that the issue was a problem with the limit switch, but he had to wait for the new part to be delivered. The kids and I opened several windows in the classroom so the heat could leave the room. It was hard to focus on teaching and math and I had to reschedule a test. It took three days for the custodial engineer to fix the furnace problem. I didn’t want the kids to get a bad grade because they were uncomfortable taking a test in those awful indoor air conditions. In the last 25 years, that is the first time I have ever encountered this type of problem and I’m glad that the custodial engineer did fix the problem a couple of days later. It would be difficult to spend all winter trying to teach when the furnace is running out of control.