Kevin Tobe has a reputation for turning already good math students into great ones. As a senior teacher at Haslett High School, Tobe leads both regular and advanced math classes. He leads as department chairman and is able to teach at the college level while enthusiastically pushing students to excel. Of his 41 students, 34 passed the AP Calculus exam the first time it was offered, while 82% received a score of 3 or better. Additionally, 96% of his students met growth requirements for 2014-2015.
Tobe is working to increase use of technology in his district, and has helped develop Technology Readiness Grant (TRIG) proposals. He supplements his instruction with math applications such as GeoGebra and Desmos, and has led professional development sessions for teachers on technologies such as Blackboard, Moodle, Google Apps, and other course management systems. Tobe is also planning an online-based math course that will dovetail with his blended learning approach. Most saliently, he has reinvigorated the school's math curriculum.
Community outreach is important to Tobe. He's active in the local Teachers Leading Teachers program, and helps new teachers to acclimate to next-generation tests. Parents praise him as he gets them involved in their kids' education. They describe him as a teacher who's passionate about his work and who wants all students to succeed. Even former students, now in college, sometimes still call him for help with a math problem.
Tobe serves on Haslett’s accreditation committee, as well as on the committee for his district's K-12 Common Core initiative. He is a coach for the girl's track team, one that has won numerous meets. Tobe holds a 1997 B.A. from Michigan State University, and a 2001 M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, also from MSU.
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