Phone: (208) 585-6657
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Business Economics Standard Secondary Certification: Economics Mathematics Business Education Certified Public Accountant
Mr. Carl Cleaver
Carl Cleaver, CPA: I am a business math teacher at Middleton High School specializing in Accounting, Personal Finance, and Consumer & Business Math. I teach dual credit courses in personal finance and accounting as well as consumer and business math. I bring 20 years of experience in public accounting and business management, and 13 years of teaching to the classroom.
Before becoming a high school business teacher, I worked at a long list of jobs where the seemingly randomness prepared me to relate to students from all walks of life. Growing up on a family farm in Eastern Oregon, I was the go-to person for mechanical, electrical and welding issues. After high school, the US Coast Guard Aviation Electronics Class A school opened my eyes to my math ability and I experienced my first real success in school, graduating number one in my class. After the USCG, a job as an apprentice lineman for a Texas power company far from his Treasure Valley home, revealed my love for the Treasure Valley in Western Idaho and Eastern Oregon. I moved back to the Treasure Valley and worked full time as a forklift driver and factory shift manager, gaining a perspective in factory work.
While working full time, I attended Eastern Oregon University and graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. Dual specializations in Accounting and Business Administration prepared me for 18 years in public accounting and business management. Known as a man of few words, I slowly shared my life stories with the managers and partners of a local CPA firm where I worked. After about seven years, one manager made the comment, “Is there anything you haven’t done?”. I responded with, “Did I mention my three years as a bull rider?”. Through all the jobs, a little reflection revealed that in every job, I found that teaching others was the most fulfilling.
Using my education and experience, I shifted my focus to education and earned my secondary teaching certificate with endorsements in Business Education, Math, and Economics. I believe that the long journey to the classroom has prepared me in a very special way to teach high school students and feel I have found my true purpose.
I live in New Plymouth with my wife Elizabeth. When not in the classroom or preparing lessons and grading papers, you’ll find me off taking pictures of wildlife, working on our small 40 acre farm, or taking care of some of my 11 grandchildren.