Mr. Mark Goldie

Phone: (602) 764-6000

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Arizona State University '93

Mr. Mark Goldie

Biography

I am thrilled to teach at Alhambra High School. I graduated from West Phoenix High School (Metrotech), so this is a homecoming of sorts.

I am a married father of two children, one of whom is an Alhambra High School student this year. My wife and I will celebrate 18 years of marriage later this year.

This is my 23rd year in the classroom, the majority of time spent teaching high school students mathematics and engineering. My previous schools or school districts include:

   Seligman Unified School District: Yavapai County

    Peach Springs Elementary School: Mohave County

    Sierra Summit Academy: Cochise County

    Nogales Unified School District: Santa Cruz County

    Sierra Vista Unified School District: Cochise County

 

I am an honorably discharged United States Army Infantry veteran, and I served with the 4th Infantry Division and the 8th Infantry Division.

I returned to Phoenix and graduated from Arizona State University in 1993.

After graduation, I served as a volunteer fire fighter with the Seligman Volunteer Fire Department.

I believe in public service, and I try every day to bring value to my community.

I look forward to meeting you and working with your students.

Teaching Philosophy

I am a Piagetan by mathematical experience. I believe that many times student struggle in mathematics because their brains have not matured enough (even if they are old enough to be in the class). My experience tells me that when students are allowed to grow older, their brains mature a bit more and the abstraction of high school mathematics becomes easier to comprehend.

I do everything possible to allow students to pass the class, even with poor test grades, simply by working hard each and every day. I believe that 90 days of hard work each semester is more important than one great test day.

If an assignment is missing, I give that assignment a score of 5 and not zero. The reason for this was the influence of a principal I served with several years ago who asked the question, "Just how low of an F does it take to fail?"

What this means is that a student who comes to class each day, turns in every assignment, and gives their best effort on each test, can pass the course. I am available to help students before school, on my lunch hour, and after school. Students who are serious about passing the course will find this teacher ready to help.