Stallings starts mid-year as new math teacher


Laycee Josoff

Tanner Stallings demonstrates a math problem to his Algebra II class.

Several changes have happened this year at Yutan High School including the introduction of Tanner Stallings mid-year as a new math teacher. 

Stallings chose to become a math teacher because he liked math and had tutored others in it his entire life.

“It is something I’ve been passionate about for so long and I know what I’m doing in it,” Stallings said.

After graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2018, Stallings worked various educational jobs before coming to Yutan, including behavior interventionist and student advocate.

Stallings decided to come to Yutan because of its similarity in size to the high school he graduated from and he likes the small town feel.

“Small town schools I feel are an opportunity to get to know your students better and make sure they have a good understanding of the subject you’re teaching,” Stallings said.

The biggest change for Stallings coming to Yutan from his previous job is that this is his first math teacher job. 

“Getting back into math is the biggest change which I’ve really enjoyed…it’s great to be teaching something that I enjoy,” Stallings said.

Stallings wants his classes to be fun so that it helps the students enjoy learning math.

“The easiest way to learn something is if you’re interested in it. The easiest way to get interested in something is having fun doing it,” Stallings said.

So far Stallings’ experience at Yutan has been positive.

“The kids are great here and the staff is super welcoming,” Stallings said.

Stallings was relieved when he got the job at Yutan because he wanted to be a math teacher. 

“I’m excited to be here, excited to be a Chieftain, and I’m looking forward to spending time here,” Stallings said.