Josh Weissman

Josh Weissman's picture
Directory Information
Job Position: 
Phone Number: 
970-488-6094
Room Number: 
504 the Wood Shop & Computer Lab 508
About Me
Educational Background: 

B.S. Technology Education and Vocational Training - Colorado State University, Fort Collins
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction - American College of Education, Chicago, IL

Biographical Sketch: 

A native of New York, Mr. Weissman has been a Technology Education teacher at Poudre High School since 2004. After attending the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the wrestling team, Mr. Weissman eventually received his teaching credentials from Colorado State University. He earned his Master's Degree from the American College of Education in 2011. With experience in various construction and engineering trades, Mr. Weissman spent eleven years in the U.S. Merchant Marine Service. A wandering vocation carried him from Alaska, Eastern Canada, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific to a more settled life with his wife, two cats, and a cozy home in sun-drenched Colorado. When not helping students design and build amazingly cool stuff, Mr. Weissman enjoys being an assistant wrestling coach, competing in ultra-distance endurance events, and hiking, biking, and camping in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with his beautiful wife.

Favorite Quote: 

“If a man is called a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

My Classroom
Courses Taught: 

Engineering Explorations
Engineering Drafting - Fundamentals
Engineering Drafting - Architecture and 3D Modeling
Aerospace Engineering
Electronics Fundamentals
Woodworking and Construction
Metalworking

About My Classroom: 

Why student participation in Career and Technical Education is meaningful and increasingly important in the 21st Century:

    Experiential learning helps students make connections between core academics and how that knowledge is relevant in the really real world. 

    Students enrolled in Career & Technical Education Programs have graduation rates of 90% or greater, whereas the graduation rate for high school students in general is just under 75%. (Association for Career and Technical Education {ACTE}, n.d.)  

    The reading and math scores of CTE students are significantly higher than those of general education high school students, as are graduation, college entrance, and job placement rates.  {Consolidated Annual Report U.S. Department of Education, OVAE}

    Achievement Statistics Fly in the Face of Stereotypes - please follow these links:
 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/11/12/high-schools-tea...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/30/job-economy-middle-...

http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/with-tech-schools-numbers-fl...

http://www.aypf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/CCRS-CTE-Primer-2013.pdf