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My name is Karl Patterson and I am joining the Lincoln Street team in 2020 as the Math and Physical Education teacher. I grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan where I graduated from Henry Ford II High School. I have my Bachelor’s from Saginaw Valley State University in Education and my Master’s from Wayne State University in Sports Administration. During the first eight years of my career, I have gained many different experiences while teaching in a variety of different programs including: high school math, engineering, and robotics for Madison District Public Schools and Troy Schools, adult education for Utica Community Schools, as well as working with the Williams’ syndrome Association as a camp counselor and Recreation Leader. I have also had the opportunity to work with the Detroit Tigers’ Event Staff for a few summers while obtaining my Sports Admin degree.
While not at school, I am an avid sports fan and you can always find me watching or playing some sort of game. My favorite teams are the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, and the Superbowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. I enjoy golfing, disc golfing, playing softball, and bowling in my free time. I have not coached any traditional sports at the high school level, but I have run a bowling club and been a U.S. First Robotics Coach previously while at Madison High School.
I know that math is not always given the best reputation in the traditional class sense, so I will be bringing many different types of activities that I have used over the years to make math more fun and relatable to everyday life. This includes lessons that will involve sports, CAD (computer aided-design), some basic programming, engineering build projects, music, and many more things that will be relatable to our Lincoln Street students and their families. I am also a big advocate for Career and Technical Education and have experience working with manufacturing programs and other career/work-based learning programs.