Here you have found the brief history of Alex Gorton. I grew up in DeWitt, Michigan and attended DeWitt High School where I played lacrosse and was part of the choir. Between my lacrosse coaches, choir teacher, and AP US History teacher I decided I wanted to become a teacher. I saw the impact they had on myself and other students and I wanted to help spread education and the game of lacrosse.
I currently live in Ogden, Utah. I have been in Utah since 2015. The question I get most often from my students, friends, anyone is why Utah? The simple answer to that question is the mountains. I am an avid snowboarder and felt the need to move closer to the mountains. While in Utah I have fallen in love with hiking and tried mountain biking a few times.
I started teaching at DaVinci Academy of Science and the Arts in 2015. The subjects I teach are US History, Geography, and AP Human Geography for 8th and 9th graders. I am also one of the Cross Country coaches, a member of the AVID site-team and part of the technology team.
Education is a powerful tool and the teaching profession is a very rewarding. As an educator I have more power and influence than I often give myself credit for. Below is a video explaining how I believe I can impact my students and some of my teaching philosophy.
Thomas Friedman wrote an article examining the changing scene of the work place and the growth of technology. Within this article, Friedman (2013) argues “the winners won’t just be those with more I.Q. it will also be those with more P.Q. (passion quotient) and C.Q. (curiosity quotient)…” This quote got me thinking about what I am passionate and curious about. I am passionate and curious about a wide variety of things from snowboarding to educational technology. Wanting to experiment and take some risk I started asking questions of my colleagues about me (Berger, 2016).
I believe if you are passionate and curious about something people know it when they meet you and get to know you. Having been at DaVinci Academy since 2015 I figured my colleagues have a good idea of who I am and what I am passionate about. So, instead of me telling you what I am passionate and curious about, take a listen to what my colleagues have to say about my passion and curiosity. From being a history teacher, finding ways to connect with students, a Michigan State fan and so much more, I believe my colleagues represent my passions and curiosity very well. This is also an awesome way to get people to say nice things about you.
Berger, Warren. (2014). A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. New York: Bloomsbury.
It’s P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as I.Q. (2013, January 29). Retrieved August 15, 2017, from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/opinion/friedman-its-pq-and-cq-as-much-as-iq.html
Photo above taken by DaVinci Academy of Science and the Arts student for use in the student newspaper