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  • Jeff Slankard

Retired Teacher @ Texas Juvenile Justice Departmen...
Master of Education @ The university of Texas at A...
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About Jeff

Hello!  My name is Jeff.
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology, and worked in the oil fields of Texas for the next 10 years.  Then I got into the field of Education.  During the next 13 years, I taught in public schools, and earned my Master of Education degree.  For the last 10 years of my career, I was teaching math at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.  During my retirement, I have been helping my granddaughters with their math.  I have enjoyed it so much that I want to continue to help others understand their math too.  I guess it's true what they say, "Once a teacher, Always a teacher".

Aside from school, I like traveling with my wife to different parts of the country.  We go and visit relatives.  We go out to new and different restaraunts.  I like to BBQ whenever I can.  And I've recently started playing the drums (and I love it).



DeVry Institute of Technology
1976 - 1979


The University of Texas at Austin
1992 - 1994

Generic Special Education

Generic Special Education - Texas State Board of Education
1990 - 2024

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Criminal Record Check


Teaching Certificate

Classroom Teacher - Texas State Board of Education
2003 - 2015
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Completion / Field Engineer

Dresser Atlas
Aug 1979 - May 1988


Various Texas ISDs
Aug 1988 - May 2002


Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Jun 2002 - Jan 2012


During my years of teaching, I spent most of my time teaching Algebra.  But there was also considerable time spent on Geometry as  well.  Although, with my Special Education Certification, I have also taught all subjects to students with learning disabilities.  While working at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, I also taught a lot of GED prep classes, which includes Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.  I prefer math, though, because it is objective and sequencial.  Math is learned in a specific order.  What you have already learned, is used to help you understand the next part or your math journey.

The way I like to explain math, is to tie it to something else about math that you already know.  All of math links together.   You don't learn to factor before you learn how to multiply.  All math has a previous step to it.  Understanding that previous step makes new learning easier.