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June 18, 2013 > Milpitas Teacher of the Year

Milpitas Teacher of the Year

Submitted By Milpitas Unified School District

Milpitas High School teacher Nathan Dixon was recently announced as Milpitas Unified School District's Teacher of the Year. Dixon teaches Algebra 1and 2 as well as a class he started at the school called "Math Connections."

According to Dixon, "Math Connections is basically a support class for freshmen who are concurrently enrolled in Algebra 1. It is a double period of math where students work on their basic math skills 2 - 3 days a week using a computer program called ALEKS ( which is totally individualized to the students' needs. Twice a week they connect live with a personal tutor in India to work on their weekly Algebra 1 topics." Dixon further explains that this was set up through and that everything on the website, including some pictures, are from his classroom. He adds, "It took us a few years to get if off and running but now it is in full effect."

A fellow Milpitas teacher, Jeffrey Waugh, nominated Nathan Dixon for the Teacher of the Year recognition. A portion of his recommendation says,

"Nate engages students and gets them to look at issues in a variety of ways. He is an effective teacher using facts as a starting point, not an end point; he asks 'why' questions, looks at all sides and encourages students to predict what will happen next. He keeps students motivated with varied, lively approaches. Assignments have learning goals and give students ample opportunity to practice new skills."

"Nate is an extraordinary teacher who possesses qualities that inspire others around him including his students... He is always honest with his students, and praises them for their successes. Nate looks for the positive - the good in every situation.

"Over the years, he has coached basketball, advised the Robotics Club, and coached Golf... Nate opens his door for students needing help... After school, if he is not coaching or advising a club, you can always find him supporting his students at various school events."

Waugh adds, "Nate is a fantastic teacher and this award is well deserved!

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