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Teacher of the Week: Tyler Thomas geometry teacher at Ridgeview High School

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tyler Thomas has degrees in marketing and finance and didn't plan on being a teacher. It wasn't until he tried to pursue a marketing career in Texas that he realized what he really wanted to do.

Students at Ridgeview High School rattle off some of their favorite songs, performed by their favorite...geometry teacher.

But it's not all fun and karaoke, former students Kyle Richardson and Callista Tappe say they worked hard and learned a lot in his class.

"He was able to take the fundamental ideas and implement them into real-world situations that allowed us to fully understand why we took geometry in the first place," says Richardson.

Tappe agrees. "He really makes it easy to understand things, and he explains really well. He doesn't just sit at his desk all day, he gets up and explains everything and gets you really into it too," she says.

A former JU football star, Thomas helps coach the high school's football team. He also has a background in entrepreneurship, which he says he uses everyday. "Each period is like I'm running my own business, and when I get back on the football field, I'm running my own company again. So I do own my own business, it's just period 2,3,5 and 6. So, they're all separate businesses that I run," he says.

But Thomas says it's not just about his students, or "businesses," being successful in math, but in other areas of life as well.
    
"Not everyone likes geometry," he says. "I'm gong to have those students, and I might not get them to like math, but I can teach them other things about life and other lessons that hopefully they leave my classroom with."

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