I felt like I needed to send the two of you an email. As happy as I am now that I am in school I have a new found appreciation for the two of you. My two least favorite classes in school happen to be English and science. My two teachers are less than optimal. I have an English teacher that hasn’t read The Hobbit and misdefined irony, and a biology teacher who seems like teaching the study of life is draining her of life.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is Thank you. Thank you for being the best teachers I’ve ever had and probably ever will have.
Rio W - Student (Also referring to the Jen Mueller Caerus english teacher.)
Science Jim is a great teacher, Nate is taking HS physics from him now and is learning a lot and enjoying the class. Jim does not have a fancy lab, like the one at CCEE, but he does do labs with the kids (and this counts as a lab class for HS when you are looking ahead to college entrance requirements). The labs for Jim really support what the kids are learning, they use regular items, for the most part, that are easily found – I like this approach, I think it brings science close to every day life. There are more labs in the HS classes than in the MS classes (or that is my observation thus far).
Rebecca M - Parent
I just want to let you know that we have a special place for you in our hearts and the great role you played in Madison’s education. I did well with his science education through middle school, but it would have been a strain for me to teach the high school lab classes. But I think you were the perfect science teacher for Madison. And not only did you teach him science, but you got him used to taking notes and studying for a final exam and preparing for pop quizzes. He would never have done as well as his has in his community college dual enrollment classes if he hadn’t learned all of those skills through your classes.
Carol C - Parent
We truly appreciate your thorough, insightful, and enthusiastic teaching of Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. You've empowered Kevin to dig in and apply himself to challenging science concepts with precision. You've always made sure the students kept building their knowledge on solid understanding of previous lessons. And you infused it all with your unique, inspiring, contagious sense of wonder for the beauty of science. And honestly, Jim, because of your classes, we felt especially confident that we were able to offer Kevin a high quality high school science experience. Homeschooling parents worry a great deal about things like that, and you made it possible for us to have peaceful confidence.
Thank you for all you've done for our family-- and for being the amazing person you are. Have a lovely summer!
Ann & Kevin C - parents
Hi Jim! I just wanted to let you know that I managed to get by my required collegiate lab science course with an A!! Not only that, but I feel confident enough to continue to incorporate several environmental science classes into my major! I really don't think I would ever have had the wherewithal or as much interest without your courses and your encouraging teaching style. I just wanted to thank you because I am excited that I will be able to be in the political field and speak articulately about environmental issues, which will allow me to contribute in a unique way. I truly don't think that would be possible without your classes, so thank you! I hope all is well with you and that you have some interesting and fun plans for the summer!
Anne C - Student