Meet Mr. Roodman, Middle School History

July 10, 2017

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"Try not! Do or do not. There is no try."  ~ Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

Don't even try any funny business with Mr. Roodman. He has been working with teens for almost twenty years as a teacher and youth group director, and he has a knack for making them laugh and earning their respect. 

Darin Roodman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in biochemistry and a Master's degree in Secondary Education. He'll be teaming up with Mr. Williams in our middle school history department, teaching U.S. History in 6th grade and World History in 7th grade. He plans to include a lot of project-based learning designed to challenge his students' creativity. 

Mr. Roodman has worked as an educator for the past four years, and he says he got into education almost by accident. A part-time substitute teaching job turned into a long-term position, and the next thing he knew, he had found his calling. 

"The previous teacher left nothing, no lesson plans, absolutely nothing. So, I built everything from scratch and ended up loving it. I realized this was what I wanted to be," he said.    

Mr. Roodman's favorite books are the Discworld series by Sir Terry Prachett. Judging by his favorite (Star Wars) quote, we'd have to say he loves sci-fi and fantasy stories. When he's not geeked out on science fiction, he's drawing, playing with his six kids, or hanging out with his cat and two dogs.

Oh, and he's got one more fave quote to share...

"The law of physics are punishable by... OUCH!" ~ Mr. Roodman

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