Mr. Jorgensen's Math Classes at Onalaska High School

Welcome to Mr. Jorgensen's Ony Logger website! I will do my best to keep this site updated with assignments, notes, tutorials, and important dates related to our classes. Feel free, at any time, to let me know what else you would like to see here! 
- Mr. J

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   My teaching schedule for 2018-2019: 

1st period: Geometry
2nd period: Geometry
3rd period: Geometry
4th period: Mathematical Modeling
Shift B "Power Hour" intervention time
5th period: (prep period)
6th period: Geometry
7th period: Math intervention

A brief introduction to your teacher: 
Jorgensen family homestead, on what is now Jorgensen Road. My great grandparents are the man in the white shirt and the woman wearing a head scarf.

After immigrating from Denmark, my great-grandparents homesteaded outside of what is now Onalaska in 1882, several years before Washington became a state. My grandfather and father were born and raised on the homestead, and my father lives there now. My Dad graduated Onalaska High School in 1948, then married my Mom (who had also attended here before moving to California) and eventually moved to the Tacoma area, where I was born and raised.

I graduated from Bethel Senior High School in Spanaway, Washington; then earned a Bachelor of Science in geology (specializing in vertebrate paleontology) and a Bachelor of Music in music education (specializing in choral conducting and general music classes) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. I then worked at IBM for a year doing tech support, and spent a year in Denmark (studying medieval history and Danish culture) before beginning my career as a teacher. I later attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where I earned a Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and completed most of the work toward a doctorate in mathematics education, with minors in experimental statistics and educational uses of technology. 

Over the years, I have received teaching certifications in Texas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington (as I worked my way back to my home state), with endorsements in math, science, language arts, music, and teaching English as a second language. I have taught high school computer science, elementary school music and theater, and middle and high school mathematics. As may be evident, I don't see any one academic subject as existing in isolation: math, science, history, language, and all other topics flow into each other; and I love exploring the ways they interconnect. 

As a teacher, I've worked in private and public schools, teaching both in-person and online, and have been a homeschool Dad and a teacher of groups of homeschool students. I have also taught a number of courses at the university level, helping to prepare the next generation of teachers. 

At New Mexico State University, I spent 15 years working as a professional development provider: I trained and/or supported teachers and university instructors in both technology usage and mathematics teaching, working with districts across the state of New Mexico. I spent a lot of that time as a videographer, filming and creating videos to be used for training and educational purposes; and also specialized in analyzing student data and providing tech support.

Hobbies over the years have included music, acting, karate, and live-action role playing; and I was king of a Renaissance Faire for 13 years. I have conducted choirs, led music in churches, and performed in a number of operas and dinner theater productions. I also love exploring nature, and particularly enjoy walking through the woods on the family homestead, on what is now Jorgensen Road. 

I met my wife in the summer of 1997, while visiting my parents' church in Salkum. We were married on the Jorgensen family homestead in 2002, on a clearing down by Lost Creek, and I took her back with me to New Mexico. Our son was born there in 2004, and we lived there until he was ten. This year, he is a Freshman at Onalaska High School.

We have been in Onalaska since the summer of 2016, and I am grateful for the way this community has welcomed me into the Logger family. I will do my best to be a positive influence on my students, and to help them gain the tools they need to succeed in life. Even more important than the math my students are encountering is the skills they are learning along the way, and the kind of people they are becoming during this time we spend together. I sincerely want to be a support to them in their growth. Let's journey together. 

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