Teacher name: Nelson Farrier
Subjects taught: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Time available for calls: 12:30-1:20 and before & after school
Class rules / expectations:
The following are my classroom expectations:
During the first week of class and after major breaks I teach students these posted expectations. For new students who come after my initial expectation instruction, I have a copy of the original handout and use a recording of my initial instruction to have the student fill out the sheet and then turn it in.
Since STEM often requires special equipment, there will not normally be any homework. Sometimes, however, students are given projects that they can do at home. When that is the case, they will put that information in their organizer. Unexcused late work receives a 50% score unless special arrangements are made. Absences delay due dates for as many days as the student was absent.
I have been teaching for 28 years and 20 years at Hamlin. I began with Springfield Public Schools as a classroom assistant for an emotionally disturbed class. After graduating from college I began teaching 7th grade language arts, reading, spelling and social studies at Springfield Middle School for five years. During the next three years I was a math, science and social studies curriculum specialist for all the schools in Springfield School District. At Hamlin I started teaching all subjects for one set of students each year, but since then I've taught mostly science, math and computers. This is Hamlin's first year for STEM and I'm excited to help students use what the'll learn to make and do fun and interesting projects.
My hobbies include amature radio, computer programming, reading (particularly science related books, science fiction, and Near Eastern and ancient American studies), and Boy Scouting (I've been a scoutmaster and assistant scoutmaster). I am also a happy husband and father.