Hello, my name is Todd Hendricks. This is my seventh year teaching at the high school level, and my second year at Kent Innovation High (KIH). I appreciate how KIH is preparing students for their future through project-based learning. As a facilitator here, I get to engage students with community members to answer real world questions, and learn necessary math content for college and career. For example, we have had students look at the statistics behind head injuries, then meet with local athletic directors to discuss their findings. Students were able to look at this real world problem, and gain an understanding of Algebra 2 content. My reason for becoming a teacher was to help students. Here, at Kent Innovation High, I am able to best help students prepare for their future by involving them in exciting projects.
In my personal life, I am married to my best friend, Rachel since August 11th, 2018. The wedding and honeymoon were amazing! I now know why so many people refer to their wedding days as one of their best days of their lives. In the summer of 2016, we bought a house together. and are working to turn it into our home. In our free time, we are renovating our basement and building furniture. We have two cats, Romeow and Sky, and one dog, Papi. Outside of working on projects at home, I enjoy playing basketball and volleyball with friends. In high school, I played many sports, and have found enjoyment playing these sports with friends since graduating.
In 2007, I graduated from Bridgman High School, and ranked among the top 10 of my class, while playing five varsity sports. I attended Western Michigan University where I majored in mathematics and physics education. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I took a teaching position at Bridgman High School where I taught such courses as AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and Physics. While at Bridgman, I was also the head girls' varsity basketball coach for four years. In the summer of 2016, I moved to Grand Rapids and taught at Union High School for a year. The following year I found a job at KIH. After completing courses in problem solving this past summer, I am one class away from earning my Master's degree in Mathematics Education.