Mr. Wood holds a Bachelor of Arts in General Business with an emphasis on finance. While studying finance, he led many team projects and actively found new ways to solve problems, create effective presentations, and coordinated many successful activities.
The BASIS Independent model resonates with Mr. Wood, and he is excited that he can teach and lead future generations to truly think about and solve problems for themselves. He explained, “The level of empowerment I am provided as a subject expert, to help redefine how children learn, truly inspires me each day. I am enabled to help create the successes of tomorrow!”
As a Subject Expert Teacher for Logic and world history, he seeks to challenge students to look at new and old problems through a more critical lens. Mr. Wood feels that this action will lead them to a bright future, both academically and personally. His teaching philosophy revolves around the power of the individual, and their ability to work with others to facilitate inspiring results in their academics, their future endeavors, and their ability to create positive change. He feels strongly that, “Students should be encouraged to think about problems, ask questions about the world, and actively grow as individuals. In preparation for the more collective, team-based nature of both higher academic and professional ventures, students should feel empowered to combine forces to create strong discussion, approach ideas from different perspectives, and to create in ways that they find fruitful.”
Another tenant of Mr. Wood’s teaching philosophy is that students learn most effectively when they are actively engaged, participating, and thinking about the material. When they are thoroughly excited and genuinely interesting the material, they are able to really internalize and critically analyze any information. Students stay actively engaged via tantalizing discussions, challenging questions and prompts, and genuinely interesting lessons. Through the use of review games, competitions, and group projects students are able to stay active, excited, and ready for more!
When not in the classroom, you can find Mr. Wood enjoying the outdoors. Whether he is hiking, camping, or exploring trails in his Jeep, you can bet that his husky mix, Mishka, is right there with him. Additionally, he is an active host of weekly husky meet ups at dog parks across the South Bay.