I am who I am because of who we are

I am who I am because of who we are

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Rich Markey

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Educational Background:

B.S (Geology) - University of Vermont; M.S (Geochemistry) - Northern Illinois University; M.Ed. - Colorado State University; ELD Certification - University of Colorado.  Endorsed to teach Math, ELD, and Science.

Biographical Sketch:

I'm PROUD to be a teacher!  I love being around (and getting to know) all these wonderful young people, and it's my privilege to help them become educated, productive adults.

I originally come from the mighty state of Vermont.  As an undergraduate I discovered a love for learning about the evolution of our planet, so I went on to do a Master's in geochemistry.  Before launching into a career, my wife and I joined the US Peace Corps, where we served two years in Honduras (I designed gravity flow water systems for mountain communities, and also produced a geologic map for the Honduran government).  Back in the US, I started my first career with the US Geological Survey, and later Colorado State University, as a geochemist and geochronologist. I did that work for 12 years.

The thing is, I was born to be a teacher.  I left CSU and became got my M.Ed. in 2006.  I stared teaching ELA and Science at Poudre in 2007.  I took a couple of years' leave to do a project with my old group from CSU (which allowed me move my family to Norway for a while).  But I was drawn back to PHS, and have been teaching math since my return in 2014.

My best friend (and wife) Sheri and I have two grown boys (both Poudre alumni!).  I love to be active and outside - whether it's mountain biking, skiing, running, hiking/backpacking, building stuff, or gardening.  At the Markey house, we love to cook and eat healthy food with family and friends.  Many of life's joys come from a kitchen!!

One of my favorite quotes:  Chance favors the prepared mind. - Louis Pasteur

Courses Taught:

Current:  Algebra 2, Geometry in Construction, MYP Geometry