Equations of Inspiration: Mr. Furbee's Dedication to Learning 

By Tyler Patel

December 12, 2023

Mr. Furbee stands as a pillar of dedication, shaping young minds through four decades of commitment as a math teacher in our school. When asked why he wanted to teach math, he replied, “I kind of got into teaching because when I was in high school I had a geometry teacher who got stuck on problems a lot and he couldn’t do them and I could. He would just ask me if I wanted to show how to do that, and I thought maybe I should do this.” 

Beyond the realm of numbers and equations, Mr. Furbee’s life brims with vibrant passions. An enthusiast of music and fitness, his love for cycling was evident from a young age, routinely pedaling 12 miles to the beach at just 10 years old. In addition, his musical taste consists of pop punk, spanning from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, alongside an enduring affection for the timeless rhythms of classic rock. 

When asked about his memorable experiences, he was excited to share that, “there was this one time when I was getting ready to leave. It was about 4:30 in the morning and I had locked myself out of my classroom because I got the keys mixed up and the van keys were inside. I had to make a quick decision because the students were out and I could not have them wait any longer. It was pretty cold outside. I decided to break the window and crawl through. To be honest, I don’t even know how I fit in there, but it got the job done. I then had to let the office know about what happened and paid the 150 dollars.” 

Mr. Furbee is like every other human being and from time to time experiences stress as he is eager for the success of his students. He notices that “everybody in my classes has totally different test scores. I just don’t seem to understand why as all the kids have the same time to prepare and do their homework and study guides. I try to do my best to teach as I want everyone to come out of the classroom knowing they have learned something and come out successful.”

Mr. Furbee’s legacy transcends the classroom, embodying resilience, passion, and a strong spirit, leaving a mark on the countless lives he has touched throughout his experience as an educator. Mr. Furbee plans to teach in a physical classroom for two more years before switching to an online environment over Zoom where he can teach others who are not so fortunate to have many teachers move to their area.