Phone: (208) 585-3251 ext. 383
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Philosophy University of California, Irvine K-8 Teaching Credential Middle School Math Endorsement
Mr. Edward Gibba
My name is Eddie Gibba, and I teach 7th grade math. This is my 15th year of teaching, 6 of which have been at the middle school level.
I received a BA in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine in 1996. After this, I took on a few odd jobs around the country (fish factories in Alaska, ranch hand in Montana, Toys “r” Us in Florida to name a few) before returning to school to receive a teaching credential. I received this from Pacific Oaks College in 2001.
I then started my teaching career in California, where I taught 5th grade for 8 years (one year of 4th grade). I was fortunate enough to team with an amazing teacher at my elementary school, who in short time became my wife, Pam Gibba. We honed our skills in California, and were both honored to receive a teacher of the year award during our tenure at Mayflower Elementary School. Unfortunately, budget cuts in California put our jobs in jeopardy, so we struck out to make a new life in Idaho.
This misfortune turned into opportunities we could not have foreseen. We have now come full circle. My wife is in the next hallway teaching 8th grade math to my previous students! As in California, teaching and talking about ways to help students is a big part of our lives. Yes, we both love teaching, but since we have been in Idaho, we have taken on an even bigger responsibility, that of being parents. Our son, Wesley, will be turning 3 this year. We are in continual amazement at the strides he makes each day, and of the joy and love he brings to our lives (peppered with a bit of frustration too of course(!).
As a teacher of middle school students, I believe the most important quality that I can have is patience. What I attempt to communicate to my students throughout the year, what I most want them to know, is that no matter how many mistakes they make (whether it be in math or even a poor behavior choice), I will always be there to help them. Once students understand this about me, I feel that the classroom can be a place where communication lines are open and no one is afraid to make a mistake. With each year comes a new journey with new students, but the destination I hope that my students reach at the end of our year together is always the same – a belief in oneself and of the unlimited possibilities that the future holds. This is my true measure of success.
A trio of quotes from John Wooden (with whom I share a birthday) rounds out my views nicely.
“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
“Success is never final, failure is never fatal, it is courage that counts.”
“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”