Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Karl Poetzl

Karl Poetzl
Stratford High School
9-12th Grade - Geometry Pre-AP/AP Statistics Teacher

Education
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minn., Special Education Certification
Beloit College, Beloit, Wis., Bachelor of Arts in Math and Anthropology, 1996
Certifications: Special Education (Ages 10-21), Cognitive Disabilities (Ages 10-21), Special Education (Early Childhood-12th Grade), Mathematics (Grades 4-12), Science (Grades 4-8)

Teaching History
Stratford High School, Geometry Pre-AP/AP Statistics, 2011-Present and Math and Computer Literacy, 1997-2001
School District of Beloit, Beloit, Wis., Biology and Math, 2002-2010
Beloit College Athletic Dept., Cross County and Track & Field, Assistant Coach
Beloit College Help Yourself Program, Beloit, Wis., 2006-2008

Total Years in Education - 17 years

In his own words . . .

“My favorite thing to do in class is to walk into the wall. Most of my students are unfamiliar with Zeno’s Paradox and the moment a student brings up the infinite or the possibility of dividing by zero, I give a quick discussion on the infinite halves that exist between me and the wall – and get the kids to agree that walking an infinite amount of anything is completely impossible – and then I walk into the wall. The impossible suddenly becomes possible!”

In the words of others . . .

“It is a joy to watch Karl teach and engage students with the math curriculum for many reasons. The students actively participate in their understanding of subject matter. Karl’s passion for teaching math and making connections with kids is evident the moment one walks into his classroom.”
- Jen Clouse, Art teacher, Stratford High School

“Mr. Poetzl convinced me that it wasn’t an option to give up anymore. It’s never an option to give up. A subject that I thought I could never love, nor never understand, has blossomed into one of my favorites.”
- Abby White, former Stratford High student and current Texas Tech University student

“The quality that I admire most in Karl is his inquisitive and adventurous nature. He always has his eyes open to the world around him and possesses a constant, unique sense of wonder. This openness and keen interest in people and phenomena leads to the development of a wonderful rapport with students and colleagues.”
“The quality that I admire most in Karl is his inquisitive and adventurous nature. He always has his eyes open to the world around him and possesses a constant, unique sense of wonder. This openness and keen interest in people and phenomena leads to the development of a wonderful rapport with students and colleagues.”
-- Thomas Owenby, Beloit College Dept. of Education and Youth Studies

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