Upper School Math Teacher
Get to know Upper School Math Teacher, Rick Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman shows students how to honor God, even in a subject like math, through unique classroom activities and a genuine interest in his students!
What classes and grade level(s) do you teach?
I teach Math for 7th-9th grade.
What do you love most about CLS?
CLS is a school where Christ is central. Through subjects taught, chapels, devotions, prayer, the reading of God’s Word, and mentoring and discipleship, the school is trying to lead the next generation to Christ.
Why do you like teaching at CLS?
Christian Life School has great kids, pure and simple! Families have been very supportive with whatever is happening at school.
How are faith and learning integrated at CLS?
Not only do I get to teach the rules, skills, and principles of math, I get to teach how math is a tool used by God to understand other facets of God’s world (physics, chemistry, economics, art, music, etc.). Math provides the foundation to strengthen the skills that are needed to for the everyday problems that affect us all. Math principles are part of God’s created order, a discovery of creation (rather than an invention of man).
How do you make a spiritual impact on your students?
I try, Lord willing, to help my students daily with issues facing them. Through prayer, devotion time, individual counsel, an encouraging word, my class content, and simply time to kindly speak to each one of my students, I can positively influence them for Christ.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I hope that students see that I enjoy being around them. I like being a helpful guide on their journey to understand more about math and Christian worldview.
I enjoy teaching students math, and I try to use a variety of methods (notes/handouts/online activities and quizzes/ hands-on puzzles/ number puzzles/games/math starters) to get kids to have some feeling of success in the classroom. I like to see progression – from a struggling student getting D’s on assignments to an A on a test because of hard work, extra help, and diligent study….. or see a fairly strong student now getting perfect papers.
I also have Worldview Wednesday, a short time at the start of class on Wednesdays when students journal responses to Christian worldview topics on math or life in general. Discussion and enlightenment go hand in hand, and I see the Holy Spirit’s hand at work during these times.
What sets CLS students apart from other students?
CLS students are miserable sinners, like all of us, like all students and people everywhere. However, most students here, I believe, have a genuine desire, Holy Spirit leading, to repent and try to follow Jesus. Many are motivated by the love for their God, which produces a humility and confidence in life, rather than many others who go through periods of pride and despair. The focus of a CLS student is not on what he/she does, but rather on what Jesus did and how he/she can live in thankfulness to him.