By Kelsy Taylor
Judson Quinn came to Trine University for three reasons: “An opportunity to play tennis at the colligate level, an impressive education department, and I really enjoyed the smaller campus atmosphere.”
The 2018 math education major feels Trine’s Franks School of Education prepared him to overcome any challenges.
“Trine did a great job preparing me for my teaching position,” he said. “Every new teacher has his or her ups and downs, but I feel as if I have been very prepared to overcome every difficultly I have faced here at school.”
Judson was drawn to education as a career by his love for tennis. He wanted to coach tennis, and saw teaching as a way to move into a coaching role.
As a math teacher (Honors Geometry/Algebra 1) and head varsity boys/girls tennis coach at Western High School in Russiaville, Indiana, Judson has not only made his coaching dream a reality, but gained the satisfaction of being able to impact students in the classroom as well as on the court.
“I enjoy presenting and being an instructor, which has led me to a great first three years of teaching high school math,” he said.
An average day in his classroom consists of “checking homework, then I teach the lesson.”
“During lessons, I will oftentimes do a problem while they write down the steps, then provide time for them to attempt one on their own to build independence and confidence,” he said. “The remaining time for each class period is for students to work on their homework. I’ll oftentimes use this time for getting to know the students better, as well.”
"Every new teacher has his or her ups and downs, but I feel as if I have been very prepared to overcome every difficulty I have faced here at school."- Judson Quinn
Judson enjoys interactions and engagement with his students the most.
“Forming positive relationships with students not only makes teaching them more enjoyable, but I have found that the students that I have gotten to know better do a better job paying attention, ask more questions, and generally perform better,” he said.
His favorite moments while teaching are his day-to-day interactions with students.
“Any day where there is a ton of positivity and energy in the classroom is a great day,” he said.