Dr. John Evans-Klock
Economics and Math Teacher
B.A. University of California, San Diego
Ph. D. University of Minnesota
I’m happy to be joining the team at Early College of Arvada. My last 20 years have mainly been spent teaching in Switzerland and Thailand, economics for the most part, as well as a few years of relaxation in Ghana. But now I’m returning to the U.S. and will be shifting to emphasize mathematics. Some hiking in the Rockies should keep my appreciation for mountains alive.
I was the first in my family to attend college, and I still remember how strange, and in many ways wonderful, it was. I hope to help students appreciate what lies ahead of them, and what a great stepping stone early college is. Since I really like getting students involved in their education, Early College of Arvada feels like just the place for me.
Before going abroad, I taught at university and worked in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, evaluating debt owed to the U.S. by foreign countries. I’m always happy to discuss economic events or economic ideas.
While I was still teaching at university, I realized that helping others understand the world is as rewarding as learning about it myself. Teaching high school also introduced me to the joy of giving students tools to work with others, and to exercise leadership. In the modern economy, with everything connected to everything else, those general skills of listening, organizing, reflecting and explaining are as important as anything I teach. So I am pleased to be able to structure a lot of teamwork and group interaction in my classroom, and relate as a coach rather than a lecturer.