Smart Spirals - Learning Never Ends with Mr. Kuzma

Taught by Ian Kuzma

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Hello! Most of my students call me Mr. Kuzma or Mr. K and I am a born and raised Washingtonian.

From a young age I have had a love of history, and that seemed the logical course to study once I went off to college. However, I didn't have a strong direction, and after being asked to tutor students, I found a great love of helping others to succeed. From this focus I received my bachelors in history and a year later my masters in teaching.

After graduating I traveled the world, visiting countries in Europe and later Asia. It was during this time that I began to develop my unique educational style where I realized no two people were the same but they all had similar wants and needs.

The need to create and the need to move.

This shaped my philosophy of engaged learning through practice and action. Learning comes faster and stays longer when the skill is put into use immediately.

I have worked in public schools for six years and I have learned a lot about what engages and fascinates. I believe every student is uniquely capable and has a specific set of skills in which they excel. By focusing learning through the lens of these skills, they may be shown that even subjects which they "hate" or are "bad at" have merit. The confidence to face the struggle and the ability to see failure not as the end, but as a stepping stone to success, is the mindset I work to instill in every student.

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