CHIEF ADVENTURE OFFICER AT RAISING A MAKER
I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers in our small town of Cashmere Washington, and I saw first hand how they made an impact on young people and our community as a whole.
I got my start in Blaine Washington where I taught Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies. I was fortunate to win a Bill and Melinda Gates grant and was able to infuse my classroom with technology with 1 laptop for every two students. It was those first six years in Blaine that I learned how important building relationships and developing a caring classroom climate could affect learning.
In 2004, my wife and I moved overseas where I would teach 8th grade US History at Singapore American School. Originally we didn’t know how long we’d stay overseas, but 14 years later we were still at it. Even though I had moved into a leadership position I was fortunate to be able to work closely with classroom teachers as we co-designed 1:1 laptop programs and processes that would put professional tools in the hands of students and enable them to have access to relevant learning opportunities.
“All students deserve and need relevant teaching and learning experiences that transcend classrooms. This is my pursuit and I feel the best way to impact the most students is through the facilitation of adult learning.”
More recently, my family and I are embarking on a true pathway of personalized learning: A “Year of Adventure”. Inspired by my curious son Oscar’s steady stream of genuine questions, I’m looking forward to getting outside and pursuing answers and explorations tailored to all of our wonderings. You can follow how work, school, parenting, and play blend for me at @pgreensoup on Twitter and Instagram and can visit my YouTube channel for tips and tutorials.