Kenneth Farshtey

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Kenneth Farshtey

History

(since 2012)

Email: kfarshtey@southwesternacademy.edu

BIRTHPLACE: Yonkers, NY

COLLEGE DEGREE/DEGREES: Haverford College, B.A. Political Science

LIST ALL CLASSES THAT YOU TEACH: World Cultures, U.S. History, Government / Economics, Psychology, Southwestern Studies

LIST OF EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIPS: Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, Tuzigoot National Monument, Arcosanti, Riordan Mansion, Fort Verde State Park, Museum of Northern Arizona

LIST OF WEEKEND/EVENING ACTIVITIES THAT YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF: Hiking, Shopping, Bowling, Movies, Outside Dinners

INTERESTS OTHER THAN TEACHING: Politics, Travel, Golf, Watching sports

WHY YOU LIKE TEACHING AT SOUTHWESTERN: The setting of the Beaver Creek campus and the diversity of the school community provide an unlimited number of opportunities to learn from each other both in and out of the classroom.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “A human being should be able to heal a wound, plan an expedition, order from a French menu, climb a mountain face, enjoy a ballet, balance accounts, roll a kayak, embolden a friend, tell a joke, laugh at a joke, laugh at oneself, cooperate, act alone, sing a children’s song, solve equations, throw a dog a stick, pitch manure,
program a computer, cook a tasty meal, love heartily, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert Heinlein

YOUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: One of my hopes as a teacher is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. My role is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information; consequently, the students’ search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one’s life and interests. Given the opportunity for input, students generate ideas and set goals that make for much richer activities than I could have created or imagined myself. When students have ownership in the curriculum, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals.