7th Grade Center – Mike Fields, Math
Math teacher Mike Fields has been named the Union 7th Grade Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020. He has been with Union since 1999. “Teaching is in my DNA and Union is my source to influence a student, my students.”
“I have had a passion to work with children since my summer camp does as a camp counselor,” Fields said. “The year was 1986 and I had just finished my first year of college. It was at that point, I realized that not every child has the same means to establish a successful journey. My teaching desire was lit and the flame was getting hotter every day of that summer. I returned to college in 1990 and completed my degree in Special Education- Learning Disabilities in May 1994. I carried that torch into Moore Public Schools for the next 5 years. I was given an opportunity to relocate to Tulsa and took advantage of an open position at Union. I have called the 6th/7th Grade Center home for the last 20 years. I can honestly say that my passion is providing the youth of today a positive role model that not only empowers knowledge but also provides emotional support, as they eventually become independent and productive citizens. The teacher is crucial in all components of education from Pre-K to 12th grade. We take a student for 8 hours of the day and make sure that they are safe, fed, and taught. That sounds easy but it takes a special type to incorporate learning into every minute of a day that emotions, with students, can go off track at any given minute. My students come to school not to simply learn but to feel loved and appreciated. That is what make me want to teach. It is not about academics but a more of a social emotional counseling session that makes my day worth it. I love the kids and would not change a thing about my decision to teach.”
Fields’ favorite subject to teach is math.
“The reason I like to teach math is the fact that students like to be shown how they get the answer,” Fields said. “I am a visual person and this subject is so visual. You cannot simply teach Math without some type of board/smartboard. The best part is the life skills. Students today are under the impression that subjects taught at school stay at school. Not the case with Math. Money is the goal of all students and if you can count or even understand whole numbers and fractions, is hard to be able to make money, let alone spend it.”
He has a bachelor’s of science in education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, class of 1994. His certificate is in specific learning disabilities.
“I thought about going back to school years ago and simply realized that I like being in the classroom. I have a short-term plan; teach as many years as possible in the classroom. That may sound silly but I live for the interaction of students and my degree put me in the position that I am in today. I will always further professional development and realize the importance of keeping up with the latest teaching techniques. I also realize that education today requires more professional development and it is not just teaching. I attended a workshop at Union HS that talked about abuse. It was heart wrenching to realize what our students go through outside of our 8 hr. day. That summed it up how we really need to be understanding in the impact we make minute to minute.”