“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

William Arthur Ward


Welcome, students and parents, to Mr. Furry's AVID 10 and United States History! On this site, you will find important information regarding upcoming events, homework assignments, and contact information. Please, feel free to contact me at any time with comments or concerns about your student and their progress. Learning is something that thrives with family support and involvement, so I am committed to remaining as available as possible to facilitate that. We are going to have a lot of fun this year learning and doing, so be sure to check back here often for updates and announcements!

About Me

I was born and raised in Northern California, in the Sacramento and North Bay areas. When I was 24, I joined the US Army, serving in Iraq from 2009-2010. After I was medically retired in 2013, I began attending Woodland Community College in Woodland, California. After a year, I began to seriously consider a future as a teacher and I began looking for universities in the Western United States that had great Secondary Education programs. I decided on Arizona State University's West Campus in Glendale, Arizona. My mom grew up in Clarkdale and moved back here in 2001, so I came to Cottonwood in 2014 and began attending Yavapai College at the Clarkdale campus. In May of 2015, I graduated from Yavapai and began attending ASU. I majored in English (concentrating in rhetoric and composition), minored in History (concentrating in US History), and received a certificate in Secondary Education. Fall semester 2017, I was hired as a contracted student teacher here at Mingus Union High School and completed my coursework at ASU in December, graduating Suma Cum Laude with the class of 2017. I am currently attending ASU's Masters in English program and anticipate graduating in spring of 2020.

Mr. Furry's Vision Statement

My vision for the students in my class is that they will become better communicators, better thinkers, and better citizens. In my class, students will learn:

· To read and think critically, tackling new ideas and entertaining new points of view

· To distinguish authoritative, reliable sources from biased, unreliable ones

· To not only write better for academia, but to become effective written communicators

· To recognize and celebrate both their strengths and weaknesses, nurturing strengths and improving weaknesses


My philosophy as a teacher is to know and recognize the myriad ways in which students learn, implementing strategies that include all learners and allow all students to learn, grow, and thrive. It is my responsibility to create an environment in which students can feel safe to express ideas, difficulties, and differences.


Technology is an integral part of education in the 21st century and all students will learn how to navigate that technology safely and effectively. This will include the implementation of technological components in lessons, including digital materials, videos, and individual technologies such as tablets and laptops.