Lincoln Middle,

an IB World School

Mr. Tom Chandler

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901, 801
About Me
Biographical Sketch: 

This is my 5th year at Lincoln and my 13th year of teaching.  Before moving to Colorado and becoming a teacher, I was a Marine officer on active duty for 11 years.  Two summers ago, I retired from the Marine Corps after 16 years with the Marine Corps Reserve.  I taught math at Highland High School in Ault, Colorado, before coming to Lincoln.  I loved the students at Highland, but it has been really wonderful to work with the students here and I consider Lincoln my home.  I especially like working with younger students at a critical time in their development as consumers and practitioners of mathematics.  I am proud to coach the Lincoln girls' soccer team.  I live in Fort Collins with my wife Lisa, a career social worker who now supports non-traditional students at the Adult Learner and Veteran Services department at Colorado State University.  We have two daughters, Lila (11) and Rory (9), who I hope will become future Lancers!

Educational Background: 

I graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, a minor in Russian, and second lieutenants' bars.  In 2008, I earned my Masters of Education at Colorado State University.

Why I enjoy teaching: 

I love the craft, and I love trying to figure out what is going on in those brains!  Teaching math is 1% explanation and 99% getting around misconceptions and mental blocks.  I am learning to appreciate that adolescents--much like older humans--are not rational consumers of information.  So, I try hard to incorporate puzzles, stories, and real-world problems into my teaching.  This is a journey...

Favorite Books: 

Red Mars, The Martian, The White Company, Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass, The Hobbit, Once An Eagle, The Stars My Destination, The Diamond Age

Interest & Hobbies: 

I love my work and my family (my wife would tell you it is in that order) so it is hard to make time for the hobbies I pursued before I had a family.  If you are a cross-country skier or kayaker, I would love to talk to you about my first loves!  These days, I find balance and wellness through gardening and taekwando.

What I like most about my school: 

I love that Lincoln makes space for all kinds of learners.  We meet kids where they are and lift them up.  I also love the spirit of team-work and collaboration at this school.  Together, we can help all students reach higher!

Favorite Quote: 

Math is 100% like art.
If you never make any bad art…
You will never make any good art.
If you never do some bad math…
You will never do any good math.

- Ryan Kennedy


I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter.

- Blaise Pascal

My Classroom
Courses Taught: 

I teach Algebra 1 (accelerated pathway), Algebra 1 Plus (additional support for Algebra 1 students), and Advisory.

About My Classroom: 

I am a teacher on a cart this year.  I am so grateful to Gina Panighetti and Ben Berry for sharing their classrooms with me.