Degrees and Certifications:

BA in Communication Theory and Rhetoric - UMSL SPED certification - Webster U PLTW: IED and POE

Mr. John Everson

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I LOVE teaching, and I LOVE being a Gateway Jaguar!

Family comes first for me, like for so many of us - I got married in the year 2000 (do the math...) and we have a 13 year old who is starting 8th grade out in Rockwood, where my wife is a teacher, too.

Would you want your mom as a teacher in your school?  Interesting question!

I have two little brothers who are bigger than me, and am blessed to have both my parents and in-laws alive and well, along with both our maternal grandmothers.  

3 nieces, 2 nephews, couple sisters-in-law, and that's the fam highlights!  When I say Family comes first, though, that includes my students and their family members that we meet.  

Gateway is simply my second home and I often end up there for 12 hours a day during sports seasons I coach.  I started here in 2006 as an ISS room sub and Special Education co-teacher.  I usually helped with math classes and tutored for it after school, too, so I eventually moved fully into the math department where I taught until this year, when I join the Engineering department to teach Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses.

Gateway is an AWESOME high school that offers so many opportunities to learn and earn post secondary skills, job ready certifications and more!  I'd rather have the students in class to start, but in our always online world, having a lot of our learning taking place through technology makes sense - the COVID-19 pandemic simply kicked us in the butt to get us jumpstarted into exploring the possibilities and determining the best practices.

We are going to do this Virtual Learning together and we're going to do it well.  Period.  We use the Microsoft TEAMS app and a TEAM is what we are for each student's success - the teacher, other school staff, the family and the student themselves, all working together to ensure that LEARNING happens!

I think we are going to have a great year working together no matter whether we give each other real fist bumps, elbow daps or if we stick to virtual high fives in celebration of what students accomplish.