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Mr. Jaron Martin
Hello! My name is Mr. Jaron Martin and I will be transitioning into a long term substitute teacher position for Algebra 1, Algebra A, and Algebra 2A classes for the second semester here at Mesa Ridge High School. It is my goal to fill the position full-time by the start of the next school year. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and fill you in on my background, experience, interests, etc.
I have very recently moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado from Hookstown, Pennsylvania, a small town about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. It is in Hookstown that I was raised and attended South Side Area School District for the majority of my childhood. There were less than 100 students in my graduating class. I graduated high school in June 2011 before attending Slippery Rock University, a Division II Pennsylvania State School, where I majored in Mathematics Education. I graduated from SRU in May 2015 with a wealth of experience that prepared me for teaching in my own classroom. Following graduation, I immediately secured a high school cross country head coach and long-term substitute teacher position at my high school, South Side Area. I taught in a 9th grade algebra classroom for a full semester. Following the long-term position, I fulfilled the duties of a day-to-day substitute at South Side Area, becoming heavily relied on and generally working every day in every grade level and subject area. I continued coaching cross country for two full seasons and also one season as the head coach of the junior high wrestling team. That brings us to the new year, where I have accepted my greatest opportunity yet, teaching high school math at Mesa Ridge High School in Colorado Springs.
At South Side Area, I competed on the wrestling, cross country, and track and field teams. At the college level, I competed in cross country and track and field all four years at Slippery Rock University. At SRU, I was able to achieve a great deal of success in those sports, receiving All-Conference and All-Region honors, in addition to being seconds away from qualifying for Division II Nationals in cross country. Out of college, I have completed several marathons, but my greatest desire is to be a top competitor at distances beyond the marathon, specifically on trails and mountainous terrain. I completed my first 50-mile race this past year. Another great passion is mathematics and it has always been my dream to pass on my knowledge of the subject. My other interests include outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, swimming, exploring, etc.; watching sports in the form of mixed martial arts, professional wrestling, distance running, football, baseball, basketball, hockey, etc.; coaching; drumming; and reading. The decision to move all the way to Colorado Springs was one that I have been hoping to make for several years and is greatly influenced by my interests. My love for the outdoors and my desire to run on beautiful trails and through the mountains makes Colorado Springs the perfect fit for me.
My main goal in life is to inspire as many children/young adults as I can to reach their potential as students in the classroom, in the field, and in life. I believe that students are able to truly reach success once they realize what they are capable of. I intend to reveal this to the students of Mesa Ridge through the study of mathematics and encouragement of their success and interests. There is always something for me to learn from every student, helping me become the best educator possible. I look forward to working with each of them.
The faculty at Mesa Ridge has been overwhelmingly supportive of my transition to your district and I couldn’t be more eager to be a part of the team. If the teachers and administration are any indication of what the people in this district are like, then I very much look forward to meeting and talking with you all. If you ever have any questions or information that you’d like to share with me, please do not hesitate to contact me.