Mr. Michael W. Pastor

Phone: (520) 696-6726

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree - Commercial Physical Education - Colorado State University Master's Degree - Exercise & Sports Sciences (Corporate Wellness) - University of Arizona Post Baccalaureate - Elementary Education - Arizona State University

Mr. Michael W. Pastor

WELCOME TO MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS!

I am a native of Colorado, yet I have lived in Arizona for 31 years.  I have taught science for 6 years and mathematics for 21 years.  I have taught mathematics at Coronado for the past 18 years.  My wife is also a teacher in the district.  She teaches 3rd grade at Wilson K-8.  I have two wonderful children.  My daughter is 21 years old, and my son is 19 years old.  I cherish them very much.  I am an avid Denver Broncos and U of A Wildcat fan.

DEFINING MOMENT IN EDUCATION

I worked for Salt River Project in Phoenix, AZ in their corporate wellness program.  I taught wellness and fitness classes for the emplyees of the company as well as supervise the company's fitness center.  I enjoyed teaching adults.  In fact, I enjoyed being a teacher.  In addition, my wife was a third grade teacher at the time.  She inspired me to enter the teaching profession.  I wanted to use my skills as a teacher to motivate and inspire young people, intially, through science,, and ultimately, through teaching mathematics.

CORE EDUCATIONAL BELIEFS

I believe all young people can learn.  My job, as a teacher, is to motivate students to learn and provide realistics, real world applicatin to what I teach.  I want my students to realize that learning takes hard work and is a life-long process.  I challenge my students through goal-setting.  As a result, I strive to set high expectations for student performance.

PRIOR EXPERIENCE

I was a 7th grade biology teacher for 6 years in Phoenix, AZ in the Cartwright School Distric.  Since joing the Amphitheater School District, I have taught mathematics for 21 years.  In addition, I have taught a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) class for four years.  The STEM class is a design & modeling and robotics class.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

I am a high qualified mathematics teacher with a middle school mathematics endorsement.