Meet Ari Fishman |

Meet Ari Fishman

The first in a series of biographies on new teachers

Fishman moved to the Park City area just two weeks ago. He said that taking a job in Park City appealed to him because it’s a community that places a high value on education. He was also drawn here because of the skiing and mountain biking.

Fishman described his teaching style as "caring and challenging." When asked if he thinks the No Child Left Behind act has been beneficial to students nationwide, Fishman’s response was, "not really." Students, and parents of students in Fishman’s classes can keep in mind that he described the most rewarding part of his job as, "students and parents who say thank you."

Ari Fishman joins the Park City School District in the English department as an English as a Second Language (ESL) reading teacher. Fishman is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. with a BA in Geology. He taught seventh-grade science at the Navajo Reservation in Ariz. Outside of education, Fishman worked at the Stowe Craft Gallery in Vermont. As a child, his favorite subject in school was art.

As an educator, Fishman finds "parents who don’t understand their kids at all and get mad rather than trying to help" the most challenging part of his job. In Fishman’s opinion, our national education system most fails students most by "letting kids scrape by and not challenging [all levels] of students." He may be seen riding his bike to work occasionally in an effort to beat rising gas prices.

Lindsay McClure

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