“Mustangs Ahead” is asking teachers “Why do you teach?” This segment by Paige Venuto is about LRHS math teacher Drexel Houston.
I really enjoy the school environment. I love learning and when you are teaching you are always learning. I also love that teaching gives me the opportunity to coach and work with kids; I find it very fulfilling.
The moment I got out of college I started teaching. I taught eighth grade science. During this year I started my Master’s in Sports Management Athletic Administration and then went back to school full-time to finish my Master’s degree. After I finished school, I started working at IMG Academy for six years, and that is how I came to Florida.
This year will be my 10th year of teaching. I started working at Lakewood Ranch High School in 2012 and I currently teach Biology 1 and AP Biology.
My favorite part about my job is the interaction with students and seeing them learn new concepts. I love seeing the material click with the students and getting them interested in what I do. You have challenging kids in all levels but it is about overcoming their individual obstacles. It’s not a class, it’s each individual student.
I don’t have a lot of least favorites about this job. If I had to pick one it would be the grading, but that is also fulfilling because you can see improvement and comprehension.