Why I Married a Math Teacher

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2010

The start of the school year always gets me thinking about teachers…probably because I’m married to one and I see all the work he puts into lesson plans, tests, and grading every day.

Dave is a high school math teacher and absolutely loves his job — which I’m thankful for.
And while he loves math, he really isn’t a total “math nerd” — which I’m also thankful for!

Now that I think about it, there are some serious advantages to having a math-whiz around. I knew I married him for a reason!

He is my…

1. Personal Navigator: I don’ t need an expensive navigation system for my car because I just use Dave. He’s great at reading maps, has an amazing sense of direction, and can always find the shortest route from “Point A” to “Point B”.

2. Furniture Mover: I’m not sure how he does it, but he can ALWAYS figure out the best way to angle, twist, turn, and maneuver furniture through our narrow doorways or down our too-tight hallways. Maybe it’s just because I “let” him practice so often!

3. Recipe Converter: Since there’s only 2 of us, I’m always altering recipes to make smaller quantities…which usually means lots of fractions.

4. Landscape Assistant: Over the past few years, we have completely re-landscaped our entire yard. While the projects are always my idea, Dave is right there to help me measure and plan out the beds. He also offers practical advice as to why I shouldn’t plant 20 of my favorite plants in such a small space.

5. Silent House-mate: He can stay occupied for hours at a time doing Logic Puzzles, Sudokus, or other math related puzzles. Sometimes I even forget he’s here.

6. Human Calculator: He has some crazy mental-math skills — enough said!

7. Packing Expert: He can always figure out the best way to strategically pack the car any time we go on vacation. {Although this might come from hours of playing Tetris as a kid}

8. Project Guinea Pig: He asked me to make a “math skirt” for his desk at school. This is what I came up with.

When is the last time you used this fabric?

9. Voice of Reason: I like to do things as quickly as possible {it’s true}, but Dave takes the time to read instructions and devise a methodical plan of action…which has come in handy more often than not.

10. Oh, and he totally adores me: although, I think he would even if he wasn’t a math teacher.

…and who says you don’t use math in real life?

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14 comments

  1. oh amanda

    09/14/2010

    What a sweet and adorable post! I love the tetris-as-a-kid idea…of course, it hasn’t helped me any! ;)

    a

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  2. Kara @Simple Kids

    09/14/2010

    As the wife of a finance/numbers guy, I really related to this! Especially the strategic car packing and the human calculator :-)

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’m all about strategic car packing too! I like everything to fit in the trunk so I don’t have to see it in the back seat!

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  3. Marcie

    09/14/2010

    Aww, you two are adorable! Thanks for sharing this….it’s always fun to get to know other bloggers on a more personal level.

    I love your blog and all your ideas. You have motivated me to simplify and organize. Today I’ve decided to work on my closet — I’ll let you know how it goes.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Marcie…and good luck with your closet!

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  4. MommytheMaid

    09/14/2010

    LOVE your list! Such a sweet way to show your love for a great guy.

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  5. heidi

    09/14/2010

    Awe, so sweet!
    I’m married to a philosophy prof. ! ;)

    ~Heidi

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  6. Kristen

    09/14/2010

    How sweet, Andrea! I can relate, as I’m a teacher who married a wonderful math / history / everything teacher. My husband is my personal navigator, too. The other bonus for me? As two teachers, we can spend a romantic evening together grading papers! :-)

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  7. physiotherapist

    09/14/2010

    I’m gonna bookmark this one for sure, thanks!

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  8. Betsy (Eco-novice)

    09/15/2010

    So sweet. My husband is BECOMING a math/physics teacher (and is also an SC grad).

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  9. momstheword

    09/15/2010

    This is so cute and I love the pictures! My hubby is a pastor and he will admit that math is not his strong suit. However, he does seem to have an endless supply of patience sometimes, not to mention he’s very good at listening, lol!

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    09/18/2010

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  11. Holly

    10/12/2010

    That is the cutest post ever! Thanks for sharing.

    Love your blog! So many great tips! Found it by way of a farm girl’s dabbles.

    Thanks again,
    Holly
    http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com

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  12. Suzette

    11/15/2010

    Very cute!!! I was also a HS math teacher (before I had our son). You are so right about the dedication. My husband is a systems engineer so we have a double dose of the analytical in our household. And our boy is also a math/science guy. So…the house is not very well decorated…but it is organized!

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