Mr. Whitman

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I’ve always been passionate about the youth of the world.  As an adult I thought back to how much of a disservice was done to me as a young student.  I was allowed to skate through school without meeting any challenges and I believe that stifled my potential.  My ability to work just enough to get by, limited my success and I wanted to be sure that no one else lost valuable years as I did.

 

What’s going on in your classroom/office on a typical afternoon?

On the typical afternoon our classroom is filled with personalities blossoming, so you’ll hear loud learning and engaged listening.  You’ll see organized chaos followed by structured and strategic learning habits.

 

What challenges do you face as a teacher?

I face the difficult challenge that I believe most high performing teachers face, the challenge of always reaching higher. Always wanting more out of my scholars, more out of the curriculum, higher test scores. I have to remind myself and my scholars that it’s important to take a moment to celebrate our accomplishments before setting out towards the next goal.

 

What’s your favorite MCP memory from this school year?

It’s tough choosing one moment, but I’d have to say the moment one of my scholars who struggled in math all year came into the room dancing and shouting after receiving her golden ticket for reaching her testing goal in math. That was my favorite moment.

 

What have you learned from your scholars?

My students have taught me so much, most important though, is the fact that anything is in reach once you extend your efforts towards it.

 

What’s it like working with other Milwaukee College Prep teachers and administrators?

MCP is unlike any other workplace I’ve ever encountered.  The ability to be able to speak and be heard, the ability to have an opinion that is not only considered but valued, is awesome!

 

How do you reach out to a scholar who is struggling?

I personally reach out to students who may struggle by offering confidence through repetition, relationship building, and small group instruction.  Sometimes though, all a scholar needs is to know that you are there for them unconditionally.

 

What advice would you give to new teacher?

I always advise new teachers to remember why they are teaching.  You don’t teach because you know more than others, you teach because you love more than yourself.

 

What is something that none of your colleagues know about you?

My colleagues don’t know that I’ve shot music videos for major label artist.

 

Anything else prospective MCP teachers should know?

Get ready for a wild ride!