Mr. Michael Randy Jarvis
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I was born in Mesa, Arizona and I'm a proud native. I am a product of the Mesa Public School education system. I went to Edison Elementary, East Junior High, now Mesa Junior High, Kino Junior High, West Junior High, which is now Carson Junior High and graduated form Westwood High School. I attended Mesa Community College and I have been teaching for Mesa Public Schools for 30 years.
I have seen and have been a part of many changes throughout the years. The majority of my teaching career has been at Powell Junior High (25 yrs.), teaching Industrial Technology and Physical Education, being a wrestling coach for more than 10 years and a Cross Country Coach (3 years). I have also taught at Mesa Junior High (2 yrs.), Shepherd Junior High and Mountain View High School (1 year). I have a double major in Industrial Technology and Physical Education. I graduated from Southern Utah Univerisity in 1981. I recieved a Master's degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 1993.
I've been involved in the Boy's Scouts of America for over 25 years. My wife and I have six children and eight grandchildren. My family is what is most important to me, they are my light.
I have always had a desire to help the students with opportunities in their vocational interests. I have been actively involved as a board member for Skills USA Arizona, formerly called V.I.C.A., (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), on the state level. Students have the opportunity to be involved in state competions with other students from various schools throughout the state. This has always been a positive experience.
With the closing of Powell last year as hard as it was, I have felt, I have landed well, in being able to be here at Carson. I've enjoyed the meeting and getting a getting know and work with administrators, parents, teachers, extended staff and students. I'm looking forward to this coming year and the years to coming here at Carson Jr. High. Thanks to everyone for welcoming me.
One of the rewards of teaching is when my past students come back to visit and share what they remember or learned from their experience and memories in my classroom or just to say hi. I hope they have been able to apply prior Career Technology Education experiences to their success of their life's work. Teaching has been an rewarding career, knowing that I can be a positive influence on my students' lives is a motivation to always improve my skills.