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    Joel Kesler

    joel_kesler@lkstevens.wednet.edu
    Phone: 335-1515
    Subject: Social Studies

    I’m a firm believer that an education is key to a productive and fulfilling life. I’m also a firm believer that an education is only effective if it is relevant and meaningful to the individual accessing it. There is no such thing as the standard student, therefore there must not be such a thing as the standard education. In my classroom, that means each student will receive their own, personalized education. I also believe that an education can only be accessed by one who desires to access it. In my classroom, students will be in charge of their own education. In his 1968 book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, educational philosopher Paulo Freire wrote about teachers and students being “co-creators of knowledge,” meaning that students must play an active role in creating their own education. This allows each student to create their own education in a manner that is relevant and meaningful to them. I believe wholeheartedly that it is my job as a teacher to inspire students to learn in ways that are most relevant and meaningful to them, not simply deposit information into their brains.

    Anyways, about me. I graduated from LSHS in 2006, earned my Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Washington in 2016 and my Master’s in Teaching from Western Washington University in 2018. I also have a degree in Digital Audio Engineering, but I found that I greatly dislike working in the music recording industry, so I went back to school to become a teacher.

    My wife and I were married in 2011 and welcomed our son, Charlie, in May of 2018. We love to entertain friends, take family walks and binge watch Netflix documentary series’. Personally, I love cooking and am working on perfecting 3 dishes: traditional northern Italian bolognese, homemade semolina pasta and wild-fermented sourdough bread. I’m closest to perfection on the pasta, can make a decent sauce and struggle greatly with the bread. I love to fish, root for the Mariners (insert sad face…) work in my yard and try to fix things around my house.

    I’m extremely excited to be your teacher and I can’t wait to learn from and with you! Go Vikings!

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