About Mr. Earhart
I was born and raised in small-town Missourah, completing my entire elementary and secondary schooling in St. James, MO (population: 3,500). I attended the University of Central Missouri where I majored in social studies education. I was intent on coaching football and basketball, and had always wanted to be half as good at teaching social studies as Barb Smith (my high school instructor).
Out of college, I began my teaching career in Concordia, MO (population: 2,100) teaching a variety of humanities courses whilst calling the offense on Friday nights. But I decided to move to Austin after my second year of teaching. It was a wise move. Austin has been good to me, as I’ve since acquired a dog and a house – even convincing my elder brother, Jeremy, a professional artist, to abandon Brooklyn for the allure of Austin four years ago.
I love to travel, having spent a bit of time in Europe, Mexico, Peru, and Columbia; and I geek-out on baseball, Netflix, and records.
At Anderson I have several roles, but this year will be interesting, as one of my largest responsibilities has been lifted from my shoulders.
Over the last 6 years, my most significant responsibility at Anderson occured in my coordinating of the AVID Program. Advancement via Individual Determination seeks to support students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college. My role was to identify, recruit, teach, and support AVID students in their pursuit of a college education. AVID was my most challenging and rewarding teaching assignment. 6 years ago, when I was asked to rebuild the program. I recruited a class of 25 students and began quite a journey. This Fall my 3rd AVID group of seniors heads-off to college. It’s safe to say that these students hold a special place in my heart, having taught them for their entire high school career. I’m extremely proud of them and myself for what we have accomplished. I’m equally proud that Anderson HS has committed to the AVID Program, as this year we will have over 175 AVID students in 9 sections. We continue to grow as a program, providing more support to a population of students that is all too often marginalized by our society. There is little doubt that my recent accolades are directly related to my work with our AVID students. These students have taught me more about education and life than anything else, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with them everyday. If you want a window into the wonderful world of AVID, watch this video featuring AVID graduate, Dulce Ruiz; as she explains her dream of being the first in her family to graduate college. To me, Dulce and her fellow AVID students, are family.
For the first time in many years, I will not be teaching AVID. It will be a year of transition.
The good news is that I’ll have ample time to focus on teaching US History, a course that I’ve taught for the last 7 years. We will revel in the complexity and ambiguity of all that is the United States. We will consistently draw parallels to modern society, making history relevant. And we’ll have fun doing such.
And this year I’ll have much more time to improve the Students as Teachers program. Students as Teachers utilizes a model of “students teaching students.” SATs demonstrate strong skills in a particular subject area and are then assigned to help a freshman or sophomore section of students in need of support. Basically, a SAT will be assigned to a course like Algebra 1, and, when students are having difficulties, the SAT will intervene by reteaching a concept in a small-group or individual setting. My role is to help train, place, and monitor these SATs, ensuring more support for Anderson students.
I’m also on the board of a local, non-profit called Attendance Records. We’re basically a student-run record label.
That’s probably more than enough info for now. If you made it this far, thanks for reading! Comments and questions are welcome.