Math Teacher; PLTW; Athletics
Family and Educational Background:
My name is Paul Kissell. I grew up on 10 acre plot of land in Whiskey Hollow just north of Grandview. My father taught and coached for 30 plus years in the Muscatine School district. My mother taught German in Muscatine until becoming a stay at home mom. The importance of education was instilled in me early.
I ended up marrying an educator.. Melissa taught in the regular and special education classroom settings. She currently is a SPED consultant for the GPAEA in Mount Pleasant. My daughter, Halle, is a sophomore at Truman State in Kirksville. She is a Pre Law major. Drew is a junior at WACO High. My son enjoys sports and Mountain Dew. My youngest daughter, Ellah, entertains the 8th grade with her great personality. My family takes great pride in our school and community.
I attended Louisa-Muscatine from kindergarten through high school. High school was a busy time with sports and clubs. I continued my interest in sports at Central College in Pella Iowa. After playing basketball and baseball for a few more years, I graduated with my BA in Secondary Education. As a lifelong learner, I continued my education at Drake University and obtained my Master’s degree in education.
I began my teacher career at New London High School in Iowa. I replaced the teacher whose name is now on the street in from of the school. I was the entire high school math department and coached JV girls’s basketball and JH track.
That position lasted a year. I then returned to my alma mater and took over the Varsity boys basketball team and a JV football position. Louisa-Muscatine had just switched to a Block schedule and needed someone who could teach math and social studies. While at L-M, I was very involved on committees (Superintendent Advisory Council, Technology Committee, Mentoring.) I also took on other coaching assignments (Assistant girl’s track, Yearbook.)
After completing my Masters, I became a 6-12 Principal at Orient-Macksburg in southwest Iowa. It was a great experience but the time demands proved to be too great for my young family so I returned to teaching and coaching at Mid-Prairie.
While at Mid-Prairie, I taught Geometry and Trigonometry. MP also taught extended Block periods and emphasized Rigor and Relevance. As an assistant football coach, our team made the Quarterfinals twice.
Two years later, I joined my family in the WACO school district. I am entering my 12th year as a Warrior. I replaced another teaching legend (Mr. Bailey.) My teaching assignment this year includes JH Math, Algebra, and Finance Math. My teaching assignment extends to the Kirkwood Regional Center in Washington where I teach a Civil Engineering and Architecture course. I also enjoy coaching JH football and Varsity boys’ basketball.
With a busy teaching/coaching schedule, I have shifted from playing sports to attending my children’s sporting events. When I do have spare time for myself, I enjoy lifting weights and reading. During the summer, I attempt a DIY project or two but don’t plan on quitting my day job anytime soon.
Goal for the Year-
It may seem a bit cliche, but my goal is to make this the best school year ever. During the week, my background in block scheduling will help with the transition to 60 minute periods. With the Core standards as a framework, I will be using ideas from Fisher/Frey’s work on gradual release to strengthen student learning.
On the +1 day, I will be coaching a Junior High First Lego League team. Using the Lego EVO robot technology, the team will compete in regional state competitions. The competitions are based on presentations and problems solving using technology.
Little Known Fact
|Phone: 319-256-6200||Email: Paul Kissell||WACO Jr/Sr High
706 North Pearl Street Wayland Iowa 52654