My name is Micah Bergen, and I would like to take a *brief* moment to introduce myself.
I was home-schooled from kindergarten until my Sophomore year of High school. I then took my GED and a year later began my studies at Missouri Southern State University, where I received a BSE in Middle School Mathematics Education. Being home-schooled was a great experience for me, in which I was able to learn at my own pace and gain a valuable life skill--being able to teach myself from a book. MSSU gave me a great foundation in teaching, and is also where I met my beautiful wife.
My wife, Kelsi, and I met at University and were married the year before I graduated. I am still in shock that she agreed to marry me, and I love her more and more every day--she is the perfect woman for me. Upon my graduation, we moved to Cambodia (in 2012) and spent the next four years working as teachers (mostly Bible and English) alongside non-profit organizations (three years with a children's home and one year at a center for trafficked, young women).
During this time, we met our two daughters (Abby and Lily-- in fall 2012) and completed adoptions and visa paper work (in 2016). We also made the decision to expand our family and had Melody (in 2014)--my girls are what makes my life interesting, and I love them more than I could ever have imagined loving anyone.
After completing the proper paperwork, we returned to Missouri, and we now live in Ballard--I love living here.
For the last two years, I have taught at Montrose R-14. I enjoyed my time there and learned a lot about teaching in the United States.
I am very excited to be a part of the Ballard community, and I look forward to growing as a teacher and developing a great relationship with the students of Ballard RII. If you have any questions for me, feel free to ask.
I will leave you with a math quote:
"Obvious is the most dangerous word in mathematics."
E. T. Bell
I will attempt, during my time at Ballard, to offer the tools necessary for all my students to succeed--in a way that understands math is sometimes like magic and is most certainly not "simple" or "obvious" to everyone.