Mr. Josh Olson
Mathematics Teacher: Algebra I and Algebra II
Morning: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
6:50 am – 7:20 am
After school: Tuesday and Wednesday
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm or by appointment
1st Hour - Algebra I
3rd Hour - Algebra I
4th Hour - Algebra I
5th Hour - Algebra I
6th Hour - Algebra II
This is who I am: I was born in Minnesota but was raised in Yuma, Arizona. I am 34 years old and I recently was lucky enough to get married to my beautiful wife Tiffany. I currently have no children of my own, so I am able to put a majority of my time and energy into what I am most passionate about, education!
These are my beliefs: I grew up with friends and family that constantly made me better. My motto growing up and throughout life has been to try to be the best version of myself and make those around me better. Growing up with parents as educators, I was immediately drawn to the field of education. I loved math for its simplicity in judgement. It is either right or wrong and there is little subjectivity to the result.
Where I come from: Besides academics, I loved athletics for the ability to compete against fellow peers. Competition drove me to play all sports and be a jack of all trades. Eventually I focused on basketball and tennis. When I was 6 years old, I laid in bed one night and told myself that I wanted to get a scholarship for athletics. That goal was achieved when I was 18 when I received a scholarship to Gateway Community College in Phoenix, AZ to play tennis. I played there for two years before moving on to graduate from ASU with a Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education. A few years ago, I decided to further my education, and I was able to complete my masters in Administration and Supervision.
This is why I teach: As a teacher, I try to set high expectation for all my students. Norman Vincent Peale once said that if you “shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” In my classroom, I use a positive, caring tone and I use that demeanor to help me coach students through difficult problems. Math is a challenge so it shouldn’t be stressful. Bottom line is that I am here for your child. My job is to education them and if there is anything you need you shouldn’t hesitate to ask. I will accommodate in anyway I can within the rules of my classroom. Life happens and I understand that. Black hawks dominate, my students are black hawks, they will dominate math!
This is why I coach: This year I will have the privilege of coaching the boy’s tennis team here at Williams Field. I never cut for this sport because I want to further my sport and help it grow. If you have a child that needs a sport, tennis is the place to start. I have been coaching tennis continuously since I was 17 years old. I coached the Queen Creek tennis team the last three years. Last year was the first year in school history that they had a winning season. The program went from 2-10 to 8-4. I work hard in and out of the classroom.