High School Math Teacher
Talk to Freshman in accelerated math and you'll hear two things: "Schnake's class is killing me!" and "You have to take Schnake next year." What I thought would be contradictory statements often came from the same people, and often in the course of one conversation. With my friends' encouragement, I took Schnake's Honors Geometry course in my sophomore year. I was ready to change my schedule within the first week, and ended the year looking forward to math class for the very first time in my life.
Caleb Schnake didn't consider teaching as a career until his sophomore year at Cedarville University, when he found himself with calculus credits and no major. He has taught at Heritage since 2002 and is nearing fifteen years in math education, happier than ever, teaching honors geometry, pre-calculus, and AP Calculus.
"Everything I do is with the intent that students fully comprehend math and honor God more," Schnake says. His classes include writing papers, measuring the school with trigonometry and standing on desks—practices uncommon for math classes, but every bit as effective, as Schnake intends.
Schnake is also the varsity boys' soccer coach. "Sports have a way of creating lifelong memories," Schnake says. After many successful season, his players certainly agree.
Although he never planned on teaching or coaching, Schnake wouldn't have it any other way. He says, "Math is super fun and Heritage students are the coolest, so that is an equation for the best job ever."