Joshua Strate

The most intriguing part about teaching is the education of both the teacher and students. It is the connections that are made, the stories that are shared, and the reality that every facet of the learning process builds an even stronger foundation.  I have worked for FLVS Global for over 4 years now, and I absolutely love the connections I make with my students, parents, and all components of the education process, especially the counselors. Though I have to say, I love to learn about what my students are doing, and how I can help. This makes my career more satisfactory as well.

I love my family, and they support me as a professional as well. I have two children, one who is 5.5 years old, and a newer one who is now almost 3 years old. My wife and I have been married since 2006, and I am a Florida born individual with family in both Germany and Oklahoma.  My immediate family, though, is here in Florida. I have two older brothers who are awesome uncles to my boys, and they add to the family that I see every day.  My boys also have an awesome godfather and really enjoy hanging with him.

I am pretty much a science nerd and watch a lot of science fiction shows, as well as record quite a few that I cannot watch when the children are playing. My wife is the same way although her primary profession is as an interior designer. She just graduated with an additional degree in Anthropology.

I do root for only one sports team; namely, because my son’s godfather and my best friend is from Wisconsin and a diehard fan of the Green Bay Packers. When it comes to watching sports, this is about as far as my interest goes. Playing sports is a different case as I enjoy soccer and basketball.  My 4½ year old loves to join me and just throw the ball around.

The best part of my teaching career is seeing how successful my students are in their lives and how this reflects in their progress through our course.  I am always available and work to make sure that students are able to succeed.   I feel that it is our drive that determines our growth, and the power that we generate through the interactions with our students that makes us not only superb teachers, but also a person that learns from students.  It is the interactions that help make the content even more concrete as it is presented in a way that fosters student creativity, builds student confidence, and strengthens student character.