Me: For my personal philosophy of teaching please watch by clicking here.
My name is Christopher West (Chris). I am a father, husband, and among other things, a high school math teacher. My wife and I met in high school, and we have now been married for over 26 years. I have a passion for fishing, camping, and a love for baseball. Go Braves! I teach in a Title 1 school in Marietta, Georgia. I love my own children, and I love my students, and I strive to see them succeed. I work relentlessly toward that goal.
Teaching is a career change for me. Quite some time ago, I graduated from GA State University with a degree in Business, and shortly thereafter, found myself in the corporate banking world. Several years later, I happened to hear a speech that began a change in my thinking. You can see that same speech here. I decided that what I was doing for a living wasn't making any real difference to anyone, and so I began a year long consideration of what I would like to do with my life... I wanted to make a difference in the world somewhere. After careful consideration, I decided on teaching. I have never regretted the decision. I went back to college, earned a mathematics degree from Kennesaw State, and here I am. I truly love what I do.
My philosophy of teaching is simple. I teach math, sure, but I also teach life. I try to help my students not only learn what to think, but how to think. I protect my students from my own personal views, and encourage them to be strategic about their future. I teach trust, integrity, self-assessment, and reflection. They learn, but honestly, I think I learn much more from them than they learn from me. My core message to them is, "...you can do more than you think you can, and you are better than you think you are."
I do believe that being a teacher that truly cares about each and every student as an individual, matters. I feel like what I do, say, how I act, matters every day.