For a little background on my professional life, I graduated from Michigan State University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Teaching Minor in Physics. In April 2017, I also completed the five-year Secondary Education Teacher Preparation Program at Michigan State University. The conclusion of this program was a rigorous year-long student-teaching internship, in which I taught high school mathematics at Holt High School in Holt, Michigan. I currently possess a Provisional Teaching Certificate in Mathematics (EX) and Physics (DE) from the state of Michigan. I am in my fourth year of teaching mathematics at Okemos High School.
Within my teaching experiences, I have been nationally recognized as a 2017 recipient of the Knowles Teacher Initiative fellowship (https://knowlesteachers.org/bios/william-harnica). The Knowles program is a five-year, professional development program designed to provide beginning high school mathematics and science teachers with the support needed to help them develop into master teachers who lead from the classroom. As a recipient of this fellowship, my desire to be a lifelong learner in education is evident. With teacher inquiry and peer collaboration acting as a driving force behind educator growth, I believe my fellowship will allow me to provide continual progression in my teaching craft, which in turn will translate to greater student learning.
For a little background about my personal life, I thoroughly enjoy trivia such as Jeopardy!, all athletics, the outdoors, cooking (as well as eating), and nutrition and fitness. To sum myself up in a few words: inquisitive, persistent, confident, competitive.