Michael Fontenot

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About Me
Educational Background: 

High School: Tomball High School (Tomball, TX)
Bachelors Degree: Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA) (Secondary Education Certified in Math)
Masters Degree: University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO) (Sports Administration)

Biographical Sketch: 

I grew up in Tomball, Texas just outside of Houston in a family of educators. My mother, father, and oldest brother were all coaches, teachers, or administrators at some point in time. I attended Louisiana State University where I tried as hard as possible to break the family mold and find a career other than education that would make more money. In the end, thankfully, doing what would make me happy became my priority and coaching/teaching won out.

I didn't want to start teaching right out of college...so I moved to Colorado to play. I lived in Buena Vista as a whitewater rafting guide in the summers and Silverthorne as a snowboard instructor at Copper Mountain in the winters. After a couple of years it was time to get a "real job" so I moved to Denver and began teaching math at Jefferson High School. One year into teaching I realized I needed to get a masters degree if I was going to stay in education long term. I moved to Fort Collins and attended UNC where I gained my masters in Sports Administration. I loved living in Fort Collins so I stayed to teach and got my first job in the district at Boltz Junior High in 2006. I taught 2 years at Boltz while coaching football at Poudre so when a math position opened at Poudre for the 2008 school year I made the switch to the high school level. I taught math for 3 years here before making a highly non-traditional decision.

My wife, Taylor, and I decided to leave our jobs for a year and travel the world. We visited 26 countries in 6 different continents as we moved around the world crossing off item after item on our bucket list. It was truly the trip of a lifetime.

Now I'm back at Poudre in the same capacity I was before our big trip. Taylor and I have started a family as we now have two little boys Kepler (2.5 years) and Crew (5 months). I can honestly say it's great to be home...

Favorite Quote: 

"All around you, people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive at death safely. But dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip, or dance...just don't tiptoe."
Irresistible Revolution

My Classroom
Courses Taught: 

Geometry
Algebra 2
Discrete Math
Data Analysis and Probability