Getting to Know You: Mr. Wellman Edition

A picture of Mr. Wellman at the “Pink Out” volleyball game

Mr. Wellman has been teaching math at O.L. Smith for six years. He loves the “Avengers” and has a large collection of “Avengers” pop toys. Mr. Wellman went to Mason Middle School in Waterford MI. Mr. Wellman has a wife, and grew up with Mr. Petrusha. Mr. Wellman’s favorite subjects in school are math and science. He also plays golf and softball. We hope you enjoy this article and enjoy learning about Mr. Wellman!

Interviewer: What is the most fun part of your job?

Mr. Wellman: The most fun part of my job is being able to help students understand concepts, and being able to see that moment when they finally… it just clicks. And you can just see that in their eyes, and their emotions. That’s probably the best part of my job is that moment right there.

Interviewer: What is the hardest part of your job?

Mr. Wellman: The hardest part is, I would say, the motivational aspect of it. Motivating kids to be interested in your topic – particularly with math – getting them interested in what you’re doing in the classroom.

Interviewer: What memories do you have of middle school?

Mr. Wellman: I actually remember my favorite subject when I was in middle school was actually science. And that was Mrs. Robinson’s class, actually. Seventh grade. That was the first time learning about – in math, in particular – learning the pre-algebra concepts. That was a new chapter for me. Another memory that I have from middle school, actually, I was in middle school when 9/11 happened.

Interviewer: What advice would you give a student who loved your subject?

Mr. Wellman: Challenge yourself. Always. Always, challenge yourself. Once you feel like you’ve mastered something, push yourself farther, and that’s when you’re going to really go places.

Interviewer: What advice would you give a student who is struggling with the subject you teach?

Mr. Wellman: Keep working. Don’t give up on it. You know, things don’t happen overnight. It takes time, and it takes dedication.

Interviewer: Why did you pick your classroom theme, if you have one?

Well, I would say my theme is… there’s a lot of superhero stuff around here, because that’s my thing. I like Marvel. I actually own all the movies. Seen them all more than once. I enjoy it.

Mr. Wellman, thank you for all your hard work this year. You are doing a great job teaching 7th and 8th grade. Your hard work is showing in the student’s report cards through this years class. Thank you for your hard work and keep it up, Mr. Wellman. Thank you for reading all about  Mr. Wellman.By: Myrna Burkhalter, Molly Holland, and Ella Ballheim

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