Jared Pruessner, a New Haven alumni, has taught here at New Haven High School for 10 years. He teaches Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Applied Math. Besides teaching, he also coaches Scholar Bowl, serves in various committees, and sponsors the class of 2019.
After he graduated from New Haven, Mr. Pruessner then went to Truman State University and got a degree in French. “Later, I got my math teaching certification and eventually a Master's degree from William Woods University.”
However, Mr. Pruessner had other teaching options he considered before settling in with math, as he mentioned, “I looked into some other areas in high school like accounting, journalism, or law but didn't really enjoy them.”
When asked which of his classes was his favorite to teach, he commented, “Algebra 2. It can be challenging for some but by the end I feel like we get to see how all the stuff we did relates and allows us to solve some really cool problems.”
When asked what made him want to become a teacher, he stated, “First, I tutored some students when I was in high school and really liked working with them. I also really enjoyed high school and figured I would like teaching for a career. Encouragement from Mr. Strobel and my teachers really helped too.”
Mr. Pruessner has been close to his family throughout his life and said, “My parents also were really encouraging and always stressed the importance of school.”
Continuing on the subject of his family, he mentioned, “My mom, dad, and brother moved next door to me in November. So far it's been great having them as neighbors. My sister works in the middle school (Mrs. Danielle Anderson). So I definitely see my family a lot!”
Mr. Pruessner’s final statement was, “Teaching has given me a lot of enjoyment for the past 10 years and also helped me to grow as a person. Plus I'm very thankful for all the great people, both students and faculty, that I've worked with over the years.”
Teaching can be difficult at times due to the many different attitudes students come in with, but it doesn't stop Mr. Pruessner from doing his job.