My name is Mike Gisondo and I will be teaching this year at Riverside. I’m very excited for an amazing first year here, but this is not my first year teaching. After graduating from Case Western Reserve University, I went to Colorado State where I taught practical astronomy as part of my grad work. From there I taught English in Japan for five years. It was a wonderful time overseas; I saw a new perspective on not only how others live, but teaching itself. I returned back to my hometown of Mentor and worked for a license to teach mathematics at Lake Erie College. I taught at math Fairport Harbor, Shaker, and Olmsted Falls. If we continue to work together as parents, students, and teacher, we will achieve to the best of our ability.