Meet new CTE teacher Mr. Gardner!

Mr. Gardner, a CTE teacher who specializes in business communication and management, has moved here from his college teaching in Rockford, Illinois, to teach our students how to properly run a business.

Q: What College did you attend and what degree did you receive?

A: I started teaching high school in my student internship, and after that someone said, “Well, why don’t you get a masters?” Once I got a masters degree, I found out that you can actually use that to teach at a college setting.

I got my bachelors, masters, and specialist’s degree. A specialist is thirty hours above a master’s degree, so I focused on business education.

Q:Why did you become a teacher?

A:Well, both my mom and dad are teachers, my dad taught history, and my mom taught math, and I actually had my dad as a teacher.

Q:What did you do before coming to Apex?

A:For the past fifteen years, I taught at a community college in Rockford, Illinois. I taught business classes in a department of business. I taught management and business communication, and I taught that to students ages sixteen to ninety.

Q:Where did you live before Apex?

A: I grew up in Texas.Then I lived in Arkansas for a little bit when I went to school, then I went to Illinois, and those winters up there, they’re pretty tough. So I sold my snowblower and moved down here.

Q:What other jobs do you have besides teaching?

A:When I was in college I worked at Steak n’ Shake. It’s a hamburger place. And then also Cracker Barrel, I worked in the desert department, and my hands were always clean before I ever got to the dish washer.

Q:Where did you go to college?

A:I went to college at Arkansas State University, which is in Jonesboro. 

Q:What’s your favorite TV show? Book?

A:I haven’t had much time to read books lately because I’ve been so busy preparing for class. Probably I would say, books I like to read are on management. There’s one called The Servant, it talks about, (going back  PEAK) being kind and how you treat and serve other people. With Netflix,it’s so easy to not be loyal to any particular show; there’s so much variety at your disposal, you can just kind of pick and choose. I’m kind of all over the map when it comes to that. I guess I’m into reality TV shows.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I love to go ATV riding. I know some ATV riders are more rough and rugged, but I’m more take a tour you know? More comfortable. I’ve been ATV riding in all kinds of places. I’ve ridden on the Trail in West Virginia, Hatfield, and McCoy.

Traveling, I’ve been to a lot of different places, different countries, Europe, I’ve been to a lot of the states in the United States.

Q: What are you excited for in your day?

A: I get excited about planning a lesson, thinking about how I’m going to deliver that lesson, and how that actually played out in a classroom. Sometimes it’s great; sometimes I’m like, wow, you know, maybe we could try this next time. What excites me about education is that it’s something we’re never perfect at, and always trying to fine tune, and so I always enjoy making revisions to curriculum.

Q: What advice would you give to students? 

A: I think that I want my students to come to class prepared and ready to learn. I would say that, advice for students is that, the best form of education is travel, there’s no book that’ll teach you what you need to know, getting in a car and going somewhere, experience life, that’s probably the best education.

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