FORT MYERS, Fla.- Teachers all have different ways of reaching their students but one at Fort Myers High School uses his rhythm and rhyme skills to teach life lessons.
Mark Drew is in his fourth year teaching engineering at Fort Myers High School. He has a passion for words, and it shows through his unorthodox teaching style. "Given that I don't have a background in education, I make it up as I go. I learn from my collegues, my gift is my presentation," says the former engineer. He left the business world to pursue his passion, reaching students with rhythm. "I wasn't happy. Day to day site plans, day to day on site. That's not what engaged me. I like to think about the future, what's in store. I wake up in the morning like showtime, I gotta keep the kids engaged."
He says, "I try to make it interactive to where they can ask questions, talk about what's going on in the world, talk about current events, what they're interested in. My class is all about career applications. And I stay away from the term 'real world' because we hear that all the time, like the kids aren't real. They're real. They exist. What we mean is the professional world."
Drew calls himself a "poet." He says, "I just have a bleeding heart for humanity. And I think this is where I need to be."
His students are responding well to his 'freestyle Fridays.' They say his frist priority is making them better people, and his second priority is teaching engineering.
Drew says he hopes to one day have an administrative position in the district.