Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Arts in Science DePauw University Masters of Arts in Teaching University of Indianapolis – Woodrow Wilson Teaching Masters of Business Administration – Education – Woodrow Wilson MBA – Education University of Indianapolis
Mr. Joshua Yoder
After graduating from DePauw University (Go Tigers, Beat Wabash!) I was accepted in the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. This program allowed me to use my Biology degree and years of experience at FedEx to move into a classroom. During this program, I served Decatur Middle School 7th Grade Science for one year. Upon completion of this master program, I began to teach at Paul Hadley Middle School in Mooresville for 5 years. During this time, I expanded my skills in project based learning facilitation through Project Lead the Way (PLTW). During these years, we grew a department that began with 8-12 and had expanded to K-12 with multiple pathways.
In my personal life, I have been a long-time resident of Washington Township. My wife, Amy and I were married in 2004 and started living in apartments on Great Lakes Circle E. We bought our first home in Westmere addition. As we grew as a family and through my change from FedEx to teacher, we sold our home and rented looking for our forever location. We built our Avon home in the River Birch elementary area and have lived there since. With the referendum passing, several Science positions were open and I was blessed to be offered a position 10 minutes from home at Avon North (Go Orioles!). My wife and I and our three children can be seen hiking, biking, and enjoying outdoors with our dog Elphaba. (Named for the witch in “Wicked”). We enjoy swimming, fishing, and hanging out at the lake in the summers.
My view on Science teaching is simple. I want to expose students to anything that can make them wonder. I wish to teach by creating experiences that students do, to learn. When all the YouTube videos and TV personalities say, “don’t try this at home,” I want to conduct experiences that cause students to want to do this at home. We have a job to do that requires some vocabulary building, fact learning, and testing. But the larger role of my view of Science teachers is to create a passion that will carry students through difficult material as they move through science classes.