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Chris Wright returns to Valier High School as an academic paraprofessional. He hopes to encourage an interest in math in Valier students. Courtesy photo

Chris Wright has joined the staff at Valier High School as an Academic Paraprofessional to help fill instructional needs in Math and Science. Paraprofessionals play an important part in staffing needs as school districts continue to face challenges in the current employment market.

Mr. Wright is an alumnus of Valier High school where he graduated in 2006. While pursuing his degree in Mathematics, Chris attended University of Montana Missoula, University of Washington, Seattle Central College, and back to UM Missoula where he graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Mathematics.

Although he has no formal classroom experience, Chris taught swimming lessons during his high school years at the Valier pool in the summers of ‘03, ‘04, and ‘05. He has additional instructional experience as a high school and middle school math tutor from 2011-2014 in Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley.

A paraprofessional, or teacher’s aide, provides classroom instruction alongside or under the supervision of a certified classroom teacher. Mr. Wright’s classroom instruction will be supervised by Superintendent Widhalm who has the required high school endorsements. Additionally, paraprofessionals can proctor online classes provided through the Montana Digital Academy.

Chris is looking forward to sharing his enthusiasm for math with students, “I absolutely love Math, so getting to talk about it every day will be a blast.” He hopes to change some of the aversion young learners have towards the subject. “There’s a pervasive ‘anti-math’ sentiment in a giant swath of the general population at large, so I’m excited to get a chance to inspire some love and passion to my favorite subject.”

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