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Mr. Paul Shriver, ShriverP@district279.org


Where did you go to school and what is your previous job experience?

I did my undergraduate work at Brown University in Providence, RI, and earned my master's degree at the University of Minnesota. Those degrees were pure mathematics; I took education courses at Augsburg College to get my teaching license. I first taught high school math at Bulu Secondary School in the rural southwest corner of Zimbabwe ("in the bush" as they say there). After that I taught eight years at the International School of Minnesota in Eden Prairie, one year at Mounds View and Irondale High Schools, and now I am at Park Center.

When did you start working at Park Center?

Fall of the 2006-2007 school year.

Why did you choose your profession?

My favorite thing to do is to learn. If I could afford it, I would be a full-time, life-long student. Since I cannot do that, I chose to work in an environment where all my colleagues also value learning, and where my job is to help others learn and if possible inspire them to have the same love of learning that I have.

In what room(s) can you commonly be found?

In room 136 (aka room 134).

Additional Comments(hobbies)?

I am an avid game-player. I seem to have a fondness for rules.

Advice for students going to college?

To a great extent, you get out what you put in. Make contacts; get connected; seek out help as soon as you need it.

Biggest pet peeve?

"Did I do good on the test?" (No, but you did do well.)

Sum up your career at Park Center in one word


If you were required to find a different job than what you are currently doing, what would you choose?

Aside from the previously mentioned full-time life-long student occupation, I have looked into being an actuary, who uses advanced probability and statistics to analyze financial risk.