Mr. Ward has been everywhere. “I was born in New York, and growing up, my family moved to South Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. I went to three different schools, in two different states, in the first grade. After college I taught in Arizona, and after I got married (in Idaho), we happily moved to Colorado!”
Though his travels have brought many changes and uncertainties, one thing has remained constant: the night sky. One of Mr. Ward’s favorite hobbies is stargazing. “I have an amateur telescope which I haul out to use under the darkest skies that I can find. I am currently working on spotting all of the Messier deep sky objects (there are about 110 of them; they range from galaxies, to nebulae, to star clusters, to even supernovas, and other anomalies).” When he’s indoors on overcast nights, Mr. Ward enjoys a good book. His favorite is Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, and his favorite book series is Horatio Hornblower by C.S. Forester.
Mr. Ward gives credit to his wife for finding out about Golden View Classical Academy through her college, Wyoming Catholic College. Mrs. Ward heard that Golden View Classical was looking for teachers with the specific kind of educational background that she and Mr. Ward are fortunate enough to have. They chose to pursue an opportunity with Golden View Classical because, among other things, Colorado is beautiful. “Mrs. Ward is a big fan of everything relating to mountains. I was looking to work in a charter school in Colorado, and when we found Golden, everything just seemed like it was what we both wanted.”
When asked what part of the curriculum he is most excited to teach, Mr. Ward struggled to isolate just one thing, but he settled on all of the events, people, and choices (which those people made) that brought about the fall of the Roman Republic. His favorite thing about our campus is how accessible it is.
A literature teacher at Golden View Classical, Mr. Ward is enthusiastic about the future of this academy. “I like pioneering and being there at the beginning. I like starting traditions and being able to contribute to the particularities which come to be the well-known traits of a school. It’s an exciting time to teach.”