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    Welcome to
    Mr. Upham's 
    Math Class

    rupham@kyrene.org | 480.541.6721

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    I am excited to begin my 5th full year of teaching at Kyrene Middle School in the GATE/Prep Program and it is going to be a different, yet fantastic and fun year.  The subjects I teach are; GATE 8th grade math, Algebra I, and Geometry.   

    I am a retired registered professional Civil Engineer having worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation, the City of Chandler and the City of Phoenix.  I started my career in transportation, constructing many bridges and freeways across the State.  I finished my career working with water and wastewater treatment and infrastructure for the Cities of Chandler and Phoenix.  I believe I bring many “real world” scenarios to the classroom relating to math and engineering.

    For many years I was responsible for large infrastructure projects and enjoyed educating the public about the projects I was working on.  This work lead to my desire to become a teacher as I was coming to a close of my engineering career.  

    I grew up in Mesa and I am a graduate of Mesa High School.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineer (BSCE) and a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) both from Arizona State University.  I completed my Teacher Preparation Program with a Certificate in Secondary Education from Rio Salado College.  I am a Noyce Scholar and certified in secondary mathematics (6th through 12th grades).

    It is my desire to provide my students with a strong math foundation in preparation for High School and College.