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Mr. Anderson's "varsity math" students on path for AP Calculus

On the first day of school each year, Derrick Anderson, Hayes' Algebra I teacher, parades his students around the halls of our school.  His "varsity math" students, as Anderson refers to them, begin their path towards AP Calculus.

Anderson reminds his students to email him when they reach this math miletone.  "Hi Mr. Anderson! I just wanted to let you know that I made it to calculus this year, thanks to your teaching in middle school. I hope teaching there is still going well. Have a great school year!" said Rosalie Huff.  

Emma Anderson emailed Anderson, "Hiiii! I had you as a teacher during the 2016-2017 school year for Algebra 1. I’ve always remembered how you would tell us to email you once we got to AP Calculus. I wanted to tell you that I passed AP Calculus AB this past school year!! You are the reason why I love math so much and made it this far. Thank you for being such an amazing teacher and for believing in us!!" 

Skyler Green said, "Hey Mr. Anderson, I had you for Algebra in 7th grade and now I’m a junior. You told us to email you after we made it to calculus and here is me doing just that. Hope you’re doing alright, and still running marathons."

These are just three examples of countless emails from Anderson's students.  And Mr. Anderson always responds to each one.  "

"Wow!!!!!!!!!!  That is great news! Thanks for remembering to send me this email. I hope your brother is doing well. If he also made it to AP Calculus, remind him to send me an email. Ever since you started shading the corner of your papers to signal to everyone that you had joined the "dark side", this act of rebellion continues till today! I hope that taking AP Calculus will convince you once again to pursue "the bright side of the force". None the less, we are so proud of you! Keep your head down and I know you will have a great year."

For Anderson, his pride in his students' successes does not stop with his class.  It goes to high school and beyond.  Hanging in Anderson's room are pictures of students from his years teaching in Los Angeles and western Kentucky.  These are a reminder not only to him, but a promise to his current students that he will always be their teacher.