Kent Mertes is a secondary math teacher at Falcon View Connections Academy. With more than 40 years of teaching experience, he joined Falcon View Connections Academy in 2019. Mr. Mertes holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science, as well as a master’s degree in education. He shares his story below:
“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a student back in sixth grade. I had a fantastic teacher who was a great role model/hero to me, and I just knew I wanted to be like him when I grew up,” says Mr. Mertes. “I’ve always liked this quote: ‘Education will place you in a powerful position to determine the success of your career. You can travel any career path when you are empowered through learning. You may take the entrepreneurial route or you can seek employment opportunities. Education gives your career the legitimacy it needs to become a success.’ — Damelin, Correspondence College (Pty) Ltd.”
Mr. Mertes believes that the greatest benefit of teaching at an online school is working one-on-one with the students. He says, “No more large groups of 20 to 35 students and the discipline problems and wasted learning time there can be with that environment. I enjoy working in our LiveLesson® rooms and being able to share my knowledge, understanding, and love of mathematics with all of my students who take the time to come in and work with me.
Outside of teaching, Mr. Mertes enjoys spending time with his loving wife, three grown children, and two dogs. He plays tennis and likes to go for long walks and hikes. He also collects thousands of Hot Wheels cars, some dating back to their introduction in 1967!
We all genuinely want our students to do well in our courses, and if they put in the time and effort and stay motivated, they can achieve all of their goals and dreams!