Joe Holland went to high school at the Mississippi School for Math and Science, where he was the cheerleader for the math club, Mu Alpha Theta. He moved to Houston to go to Rice University, where he majored in Cognitive Science, which is kind of like psychology from another angle. He took a year off from Rice several times to teach English as a second language in Taiwan, where he learned how much he enjoys teaching. Later he went back to Rice to get his master’s degree in teaching, specifically math, so he could teach here in the U.S.
He taught Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry at Bellaire High School. He married another teacher and together they moved to Kuwait for two years to teach at the American School of Kuwait. When he moved back to the U.S., he taught at Bellaire High for five more years as he and his wife started a family. He loves the flexible pacing of the Montessori system, where he has worked for many years as a math interventionist.
His favorite things to do are teaching and playing board games. He also does math and logic puzzles for fun. He loves to explore the patterns in things and loves to share what he understands with other people. When a student has a better understanding of some concept at the end of the lesson than they did at the beginning, Joe is happy that he chose this career.