Dr. Caleb Rossiter is new to Bullis this year and teaches math. The twist though is his incorporation of music in his curriculum. You may have seen him on the math floor with his signature bowtie and guitar jamming out to classic rock!
Dr. Rossiter taught at American University and in DC public schools. Originally from Ithaca, New York, Dr. Rossiter received his B.S. from Cornell University in 1973. Originally, he majored in Political Science but decided his passion was more in teaching and switched programs and received his teaching certification for grades pre-k to kindergarten. He received his PhD from Cornell in 1983. Rossiter has also published several books relating to various social, political and environmental issues faced today.
Rossiter worked as a kindergarten teacher in Appalachia, where he taught children to read in their homes. From a young age, Rossiter enjoys working with and teaching children. While most boys spend their free time playing, he started babysitting and tutoring other children as early as the 5th grade. He also spent afternoons after school delivering the Cornell Sun, which was the local paper in Ithaca, New York.
Rossiter attraction to Bullis is the school's diversity and how close knit the school community is. He value’s the school’s direction.Rossiter believes in a narrative-led teaching style, incorporating music and short stories that help illustrate topics being taught. “I love the twenty year plan Bullis has created to support the students.”
He does not believe in teaching for a test, and instead prefers an environment where parents and students are the integral components of choosing topics of study.
“Students need a hands on activity every once in awhile. If we’re learning about circumference I try to give the students a real world example by taking them around campus and measuring circles we see.”
He enjoys the opportunity he has each day to talk about current issues with a hands on teaching method, involving measuring real-world objects.
“At least once a week I like to do something physical with math. If there are ten minutes free at the end of class and the students have been working hard, I like to play guitar”. He plans on incorporating a piano this upcoming month into his lessons.
As for future goals, Rossiter is doing what he loves best, teaching. He plans on teaching forever, to “work until the day I die”, while also continuing to play his guitar and other musical instruments.