Preparing Students for the World After Graduation
Join us each Tuesday as we feature a short conversation with one of our exceptional faculty or staff members so that you can get to know a little bit about them.
Meet High School Social Studies Teacher Oren Maletta
Oren joined the faculty full time in 2019 and is currently teaching high school social studies. Previously, he taught criminal justice, American law and forensic science at Mount Si High School. He earned his master’s degree in teaching from Northwest University and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Washington University.
Q: Why did you decide to become a teacher?
My wife has been teaching for years, and I saw how rewarding her career was. I was already coaching and training ain my career in the technical arena and decided to make the change. It's been one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Q: What's your philosophy on teaching and education?
My guiding principle when teaching is helping students grow and be more prepared for the world after they graduate. In an academic sense, I try to get them to a place where they can understand how to be an active and informed citizen. Beyond academics, I want my students to understand what real-world expectations will be waiting for them once they leave EC, whether at college or in the workforce.
When I have a student tell me that they are excited to vote, or now they feel confident writing a member of Congress, I feel like I’ve done my job well.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to cook and make my own hot sauces!
Q: If you could take students on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you take them?
I would take my students to Japan to see their national sport in person: sumo wrestling. Most students who've seen it on television think it's a blast.
Q: What is the greatest success you've had with teaching?
Some of my greatest successes in teaching have been when students begin to care about government. It’s a subject that they can feel pretty detached from, so when I have a student tell me that they are excited to vote, or now they feel confident writing a member of Congress, I feel like I’ve done my job well.
Q: Explain your experience with a particular teaching strategy or technology.
I love using original source material whenever possible. When teaching about government, I’ve found that explaining to students where our countries policies are forged from is really important for them to buy-in. It lets students worry less about the validity of what I’m saying and instead focus on the details and importance of what we’re learning.
If you have questions for Oren, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.