Originally from New Jersey, Mr. Calaski has a Masters in teaching from Seattle University, and a BBA in Marketing from theUniversity of Massachusetts. Besides being a teacher, he is an artist, musician, and gardener.
Before teaching, Mr. Calaski was a successful customer service representative in the outdoor industry, educating and outfitting customers for backcountry skiing and camping.
Even before that, he worked in the music industry in NYC, helping to coordinate concerts for such well known acts as Usher, Prince, and the Beastie Boys.
Mr. Calaski’s diverse background brings a wide range of knowledge and experience into the classroom, and helps create new and interesting learning opportunities for students.
Over the course of my teaching career, I have developed a philosophy based on rules/consequences, positive behavior management, and immediate feedback. Providing structured learning within a loving and caring environment has allowed me to foster responsible students and trusting relationships.
As a lifelong learner, I continually seek opportunities to grow as an individual. My goal as an educator is to inspire this same passion for self-directed learning in my students. I see the classroom as a community where students and adults actively participate together to support personal growth through academic learning, social interaction, and emotional development. Furthermore, I embrace diversity in the classroom as a wealth of fresh perspective and learning opportunities.
In addition, I am passionate about creating a sustainable world by educating students about the impact our actions have on the environment, society, and the future. There are many practical solutions to help restore harmony between human activity and the natural world – recycling, organic agriculture, energy monitoring, etc – and they all begin with a strong education.
I want to empower students to become self-directed learners who strive for positive action. Students will actively challenge themselves in order to grow academically, emotionally, and socially. Most of all, I believe learning should be fun!