Phone: (205) 578-2835

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Degrees and Certifications:

Degrees: UVA UAH Auburn University Certifications: Math Science Office Hours before and after school by Appt.

Mr. Urbanz

Welcome, SSHS Students to the start of the 2022-23 School Year!

Students and parents! I am looking forward to the day-to-day instruction and interaction this Fall; all the small things that lead to helping your son or daughter grow into the person they see themselves becoming. Not only do I love teaching math, but I find that the more my students learn about all the math that surrounds us each day- the more they come to appreciate that hard work and commitment carry with it some fellowship and a sense of accomplishment.

Not everyone is born to become the next Einstein- if that were the case, the world would be a rather dull place to live. Instead, I do believe students can and will do some amazing things and most find they can contribute something to the human experience in the math classroom. Either by developing an appreciation of math methods thru peer and teacher interaction- even if lessons learned are simply a by-product of learning the math content like perseverance and faith, opening the doors to have the student challenge him or herself through becoming the best possible version of themselves each day.

Whether it's by direct or indirect means, I 100% encourage my students to make mistakes and learn from them, even if they make the mistake a second or third time. When attempting to learn mathematics and develop math reasoning- it's really difficult at times. Math is not for everyone-  "If it were easy, everyone would be taking math and breezing through courses without having to hire tutors!"

A bit about myself- although it is hard to imagine that I too, was once your age, - I haven't always had my heart set on teaching. Growing up, I was 100% certain I was on the fast track to becoming a rock-n-roll star, somewhere in between the glam band of Jon Bon Jovi and Vince Neal of Motley Crue! That dream quickly fizzled out overnight, though, considering I never learned to play the guitar or sing. Music was my brother's forte- I was more attuned to activity and sport. Extracurriculars have their place in balancing the equation, as I even gave hockey and football a shot.

My teaching career began in late 2001 just outside D.C. in the suburbs of northern Virginia, where I taught high school physics and AP physics courses, math, and computer science for 16 years before returning to Alabama. A native of Huntsville, I moved in 2018 to be closer to family. Since moving to "my home away from home" on the Plains, I have become grateful in having returned to Alabama to continue to land here at Smiths Station HS!

I look forward to an exciting and memorable school year!

Should you need to contact me, please text or email me. 

OFFICE HOURS (By Appt)                    

ALGEBRA w/ FINANCE 1st Block (8:45-10:25 EST)  REMIND Text 81010  @algbrafin1

ALGEBRA II 2nd Block ( 10:30-12:06 EST)  REMIND Text 81010  @2ndalgbra   

ALGEBRA II 3rd Block (2:23-4:00 EST)  REMIND Text 81010   @4thalgbra2