November Teacher of the Month: Gregory Kapusinski

Gregory Kapusinski

Q: How long have you been teaching? 

A: 16 years.

Q: Where did you go to school?

A:Central College (undergrad), Viterbo University (Masters).

Q: What classes do you teach? 

A: AP Stats, DMACC Stats, Finite Math, Algebra II.

Q: What made you choose math? 

A: I feel like a lot of people have negative feelings about math and I wanted to try and make it more fun for students. I also really enjoyed upper level math and know many students will feel the same way if they stick out math!

Q: Why did you go into teaching? 

A: I wanted to coach and to also try and make a difference in kids’ lives. Both of my parents were teachers and I saw how much they enjoyed their job and wanted to have the same enjoyment in my career.

Q: What do you enjoy about teaching? 

A: Getting to know students. Class material is great and all, but I like getting to know my students and athletes and developing positive relationships with them.  Also, I love it when students get to see how math is involved in so many aspects of their lives.

Q: What keeps you in teaching? 

A: Students. I love teaching and getting to know them. Like every job, teaching has negatives, but I truly do love teaching and getting to go to work every day.

Q: How has the job changed over the years? 

A: Teaching itself is very similar to when I started. However, education has changed. There is now a lot more focus on standards and remediation for students who are struggling.