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William Palm

About Me

Hello there! My name is William Palm and I’m thrilled to be back at Clayton Middle School for my second year. I am a part time Special Educator in the math department, and am reprising my food science class this year, but with two sections! 

I graduated from St. John’s College in 2016 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, which is comparable to a degree in the history of math and science. I’ve been working in education in different rolls for 7 years now, and was lucky enough to receive a full ride scholarship to the University of Utah to pursue my teaching license and a masters degree. I am currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Special Education: mild to moderate disabilities. I’m honored to be here and excited to share my passion for learning with the amazing students here at Clayton. 

I’m overjoyed to be joining my colleagues and mentors in the special education department, which is my true passion as an educator. I’ve always enjoyed math, and have taught algebra in a variety of settings including college students, GED students, and middle school students since 2013. This year our resource math classes are “pushing into” a general education math class with support from a special educator in the room. This model has been studied and researched for years and the results all point to amazing outcomes for all students involved. So I’m honored to be working with our amazing math team this year and helping support all of our students wherever they are in their math journey. 

Food Science is my little passion project that has been cooking in my head for years. The class focuses on foods that I have been known to make in my own kitchen: sourdough bread, kombucha, popcorn, and many more. But it’s also an opportunity for me to learn along with the kids. For example: I learned making good taffy the first time you try is really hard, especially in a time crunch. But I also learned that my students are the best because they humored me and ate the rock hard stuff and still said it was good.  We dive into the history of the foods we study, their impact on cultures, and get to eat some goodies along the way. It’s a self directed course, which means we democratically vote on what we study as much as possible. Overall I want the students to come in, have some fun, learn something interesting and send them onto their next class. 

I love middle school because these students ask amazing questions, and are all naturally inquisitive, all we have to do is encourage them a bit. 

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach to my email. Thank you!

 

Disclosure Documents

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Food Science 1st/2nd periods English

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