About Your Instructor
Letter to the Students and Parents,
Let me first say I am very excited to teach the wonderful students at North Fond du Lac High School and looking forward to a very successful year of learning and exploration of U.S. History. I would like to use this letter to introduce myself to you and my approach to teaching.
First I would like to tell you my educational background and qualifications to teach your student(s). I am originally from Appleton, Wisconsin in the U.S. I graduated from Appleton East High School in 2000. I entered the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in 2001. At that University I earned a history scholarship for my academic prowess and was consistently on the Dean’s List for my high grades. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in 2003 with an Associates Degree and immediately after I enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to work on my Bachelors Degree. At the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh I earned many academic awards and graduated in 2006 with high honors (cum laude) with a degree in Education, Social Sciences, and History. After University I took a position as a reserve teacher in the Minneapolis Public School District where I worked with low-income and highly diverse student populations. In 2007 I took a position to teach middle school world history at Colegio Interamericano, a private international school in the country of Guatemala. I finished my 2-year contract in June of 2009 year. I then traveled to Thailand and began a social studies position at the American School of Bangkok where I also became the Head of the Middle School.
In my life outside of education I have many hobbies. I played sports throughout my life. The highest level I played was college-level tennis. I have a love for the outdoors which led to me to work in several national parks in the U.S. including, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier National Parks. I developed an obsession with mountain and rock climbing that takes up most of my vacation time. I am also involved in basketball where I played in the Guatemalan Federation League, and coached middle school basketball in Guatemala where my team won the Copa Americano which is one of the most important basketball events in Guatemala. I also coached the High School Boys basketball team at the American School of Thailand and led them to their most successful season ever. Finally, in my free time I read a lot books and study a variety of topics usually surrounding my field of the social sciences but also the sciences and religion.
Onto the second part of the letter which informs you of my approach to teaching. In my classroom I set high expectations for my students and work energetically and diligently to make sure my students reach those expectations. Center to my approach to education is developing my student’s critical and analytical thinking. I want above all for my students to become independent thinkers capable of understanding world issues and giving solutions.
I bring a lot of passion, energy, and creativity to the classroom. I put maximum effort into designing and giving the highest quality lessons that engage the students and excite them about learning the social studies. I involve a lot of instructional technology into my lessons and assignments including creating websites, PowerPoint, Moviemaker, etc.
Finally, I believe in a multiple intelligences approach to learning. Every student has their own set of skills they learn best with. Every unit I create lessons that focus on a variety of these skills (multiple intelligences). This makes the lessons fresh, new, and interesting for the students and the teacher.
It is going to be great year and again I very excited to have the privilege to teach your wonderful student. Please feel free to contact me anytime about anything at my regular E-mail: Brianjkurth@gmail.com