|Subject / Grade||7th grade GRIT Academy Science|
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|-- Albert Einstein|
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Welcome to Bogle Jr. High! My name is Mr. Fortney and I am thrilled to be teaching 7th grade GRIT science this year. This will be my 16th year teaching science, and my 13th year at Bogle. I student taught at Bogle and loved the staff and students so much that I decided to stay. I began my teaching career here in the fall of 2005. I have taught both 7th and 8th grade Science, ELL, special education, and gifted. I taught science at an all-boys school in New York City for three years as well.
My Education and Professional Background
I received my bachelor's degree from Augustana College majoring in Biology and Pre-Medicine. I also have a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. After completing my MPH I immediately entered Teaching Education for Arizona Science and Mathematics (TEAMS) at ASU during the summer of 2004. I graduated with my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction and my teaching certificate summer of 2005.
My Educational Philosophy
Science is amazing! I hope that throughout the course of this year you will feel the same. My main goal is to get you to think critically, scientifically, and creatively in order to solve problems and answer questions about the world around you. This means you have to think! There is only one wrong answer you can give on homework or during class discussion,that is I DON'T KNOW! I promise that if you try and do your best you will always succeed.
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