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RELEVANT EQUATIONS: Eberly gives purpose to math problems

September 13, 2013

Brett Eberly (center), a math teacher at Eagle Tech Academy, works with a group of students on an algebra equation. The students, pictured from left are: Hunter Coyle, Sierra Reinhard, Dillon Potts, Jensen Boardman and Haleigh Stiverson. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY — For the students who say they’ll never use superior mathematical equations after they graduate from school — teacher Brett Eberly concurs.

Eberly, a math teacher at Eagle Tech Adademy, Columbia City, has taken a new approach to teaching his students — giving them skills to last a lifetime.

“It’s not realistic to think they’ll use this math for the rest of their lives,” Eberly said. “My goal is to help them build problem-solving skills so when they’re presented with a problem in the working world, they’ll have the experience and can work their way through that problem.”

Eberly has been recognized nationally by Stanford University for work he has done at Eagle Tech.

He is part of a small group of educators in the New Tech realm and is one of three math teachers in the U.S., that is working in conjunction with Stanford to help students be prepared for life after graduation.

Stanford analyzed projects each teacher assigned to their math students, and Eberly’s was chosen as the best in the nation and will be used as a pilot project by the university.

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