Along with my 7-12 grade Minnesota Mathematics teaching license, I have a teaching certificate in Music and I have a very strong Computer Technology background that you may find useful. After 20 months of working with an on-line school (MN Virtual High School) through Advance Academics, I have learned about commitment to education. My teaching approach and credentials would be a great match for your school. As a Mathematics teacher with Advanced Academics, I have had the opportunity to implement the strategies of three courses I have recently completed for renewing my teaching license of “Teaching Mathematics for Understanding”, “Motivating Today’s Learner”, and “Technology Tools for K-12 Teachers” to create a positive learning environment. I have recently finished the Masters of Education program at St. Mary’s University. I have used my caring and encouraging attitude to communicate effectively and build positive relationships with students, their families, and my colleagues, and experienced first hand the benefits of working together to reach the common goal of providing each child a quality education. During my two years of High School Math (Algebra and Geometry) teaching experience in St. Francis, I saw the advantage of interdisciplinary teams fostering long-term relationships with and among students. The interdisciplinary teams provided proactive, positive behavior intervention by meeting adolescent students’ developmental needs and guiding students toward increased independence. My background includes a variety of relevant experiences that have prepared and given to me the versatility to be successful teaching at any grade level. In particular, I have had the opportunity to implement a variety of hands-on, minds-on, meaningful, collaborative, and integrated activities. These strategies engage my students, and have allowed me to provide differentiated instruction to all students.
KENT D. MERTES
11876 Wisconsin Ave N.
Champlin, MN 55316
Mathematics Teacher – seeking challenging position in order to utilize my extensive mathematics, music, and computer knowledge and my teaching/coaching background to enhance and educate secondary and post-secondary students.
Mathematics Teacher at MN Virtual HS (AAI) / Minnesota Transitions Charter School
Mathematics Teacher/Tennis Coach at St. Francis HS, ISD#15
Substitute Teacher with Anoka-Hennepin ISD#11 and Osseo ISD#279
Adult Computer Trainer (Classroom/Individual) with Tandy, TIES, and Education Logistics
Volunteer Religious Education Teacher for 13 years at Epiphany Church, Coon Rapids, MN
St. Mary’s University - Master of Arts – Education
Bemidji State University – Bachelors of Science - Education
Major: Mathematics Minors: Computer Science and Music
Coaching Certification: Tennis, Golf, Volleyball, and Basketball
MVHS/AAI, (Minnesota Virtual High School / Advanced Academics Inc.) Mathematics Teacher (2012-2014)
• Taught/supported online courses 5th – 12th grades
• Helped with multiple students at a time in all subject matters from Basic Mathematics to Calculus.
• Tutored students locally in office
Osseo ISD#279, Substitute Teacher (2009-2012)
• K-12 All Subjects – Long term 2 weeks teacher besides day-to-day substituting
Anoka-Hennepin ISD#11, Substitute Teacher (2006-2012, 2003-2004, 1979-1980)
Qualifications & Certifications
Masters of Arts in Education
St. Mary's University of Minnesota (Masters) & Bemidji State University (BS, Mathematics Education)