Eric Hagen’s goal as a math teacher at Calhoun High School is to show students the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
“I not only want them to see it, I want them to be an active part of that math in the world around them,” Hagen told West Central Reporter. “I want to prepare them for the world that they go into. Can they listen to a financial advisor and understand what it is they are talking about? I want them to be able to sit down with an insurance salesman and be able to make an appropriate decision for them. I want them to know how much they make and how much they spend. Lastly, I want them to be problem solvers; I want them to figure things out for themselves.”
Hagen began working as a math educator at Calhoun in May 2016. Among the topics he teaches is Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Precalculus and Calculus.
“I love teaching here at Calhoun,” he said. “The people I work with are great. My favorite part about the job is the opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to me. Also the students are amazing. They work hard and are all around great kids.”
Hagen was born and raised in Hardin, where he still currently resides. He graduated from Calhoun High School in 2005. He went on to obtain a degree in math and education from Blackburn College in 2009, and then taught at Winchester High School.
“I have always loved math and numbers,” Hagen said. “I always knew no matter what I did, it would be with math. Then when I got into college and was introduced to math in a new way, I was hooked. When I was in college, my counselor suggested I look into education. He said he thought I would make a good teacher. So I enrolled in an education class and the rest is history.”
Hagen serves on the county pool board and the Alumni foundation board, and is very active in his church.
“I try to help out and give when possible,” Hagen said.
Hagen also owns and operates a lawn care business with his wife. He loves spending time with his family, and enjoys working out and going to the movies.