In my experience, a student’s learning style is like a face or fingerprint. Each is unique and one size will never fit all. I believe that by working with students as individuals, we can help each of them succeed and become their best selves. This is especially necessary for adolescents in a world that increasingly sees their unique proclivities as a liability, rather than an opportunity. The best education programs are not those that teach students what to think, but rather those that teach them how to think. Hope for the future can only be built upon a good understanding of the past, and a healthy respect for one another.
History and Social Studies Teacher
Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Sciences, Utah Valley University
Joseph believes that the most important thing a person can take from education is an understanding of how to think critically, how to ask questions, and how to think for oneself. A successful student will be one who never stops asking ‘Why?’ As such, he structures his classroom to be a safe, open environment where students can freely express themselves, explore new ideas and challenge assumptions.
Joseph joined the Gateway academic team in May 2021. Previous to this role, Joseph taught digital literacy at Hillside Middle School in Salt Lake City where he helped students explore media safety and critical thinking in their online interactions. He has always been fascinated by history and politics, and loves teaching social studies.
Joseph was born in Salt Lake City, and grew up in Utah. Though never a great athlete, he has always loved exercise and enjoyed cross country running in high school, as well as debate. His inability to hold still in grade school translated into a love of doodling that continues to this day. Additionally, he is also a passionate reader and loves to examine film and art.
Creating Student Success
Joseph believes that creating student success is an endeavor not necessarily exclusive to the work a student produces. He feels that an inclusive model of academics, physical outlets, mental exercises separate from schoolwork and relationships built through interacting with peers, teachers, parents, and the community build a healthy member of society.