Each Friday during the school year, we will spotlight one of our M3T Fellows. This week, let’s meet Josh Isaacs from Buffalo High School!
M3T Noyce Fellow – Cohort 2
High School Mathematics Teacher
Buffalo High School
Putnam County Schools
Number of years teaching: 7
Positions and Roles: Mathematics Department Chair; Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and AP Statistics Teacher; Head Golf Coach; Assistant Baseball Coach
Professional awards, distinctions, and points of pride: M3T Noyce Fellow, Math4Life Team, Educational Leadership Master’s Degree
Interesting personal facts: Loves spending time with his wife, Jordan, and their beautiful daughter, Maeleigh. Along with coaching, enjoys camping, hunting, and offroading in his free time.
Why are you excited to be part of the M3T project?
“I am excited to be a part of the M3T Project to surround myself with a network of individuals focused on continual improvement of mathematics instruction and the real-world application of mathematics skills across the state of West Virginia.”
Why do you teach mathematics?
“I teach mathematics because I want to give my students the ability to calculate and reason for the rest of their lives. Since students tend to feel negatively towards math courses, I strive to be the reason they regain confidence and find ways to apply their skills and succeed as adults in the real world after high school.”
What are you focused on improving about mathematics teaching?
“I am focused on improving my students’ ability to think independently and apply mathematical skills to different situations. Rather than simple repetition, I am focused on providing them with the ability to reason mathematically and use the individual skills they have mastered to successfully problem solve.”
Check in each week on #M3TFellowFriday throughout the school year to meet another M3T Fellow. You can find a listing of all of the M3T Fellows and stay up-to-date with the work of the M3T network at our website, http://m3twv.org. You can also follow us on Twitter, @m3t_wv.