Staffulty Highlight: TJ Middleton

 
What is your favorite weekend activity?
Outdoors—camping, hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, paddle boarding, kayaking.

If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
Oh gosh, too many choices. John Adams (2nd president), Katherine Johnson (NASA superstar), Leonhard Euler (mathematician), and Jesus (“messiah”). 

What do you love about being a member of the Bosque School community?
Getting to teach math more the way it should be taught rather than being told the exact outcomes and methods I have to use.

What inspires you in life?
Less and less these days (getting older)—huge majestic mountain views, sunsets, other outdoor things, working with truly curious and engaged students who make leaps in their learning.

Tell us about a teacher you had who meant a lot to you.
Mrs. Ann Landry, my 6th-grade math and science teacher. I literally would not be alive if it weren't for this woman. (I mean literally. I would be dead at this point.) I would not have a college degree. She calls me her fourth son. I have known her for 43 years. 

What is your favorite book?
Not much of a reader. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey is definitely up there. A few science fiction novels were cool. 

What would you tell a family who is considering Bosque School?
If you just want your child to see a lot of prescribed topics and crank through tests, don't come here. If you want your child to learn how to learn and how to be a person— to succeed at interesting things in their life—then this is the place for you.
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