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After serving in the Peace Corps for several years, Robert Becker doesn't mind the countless hours in the classroom. After serving in the Peace Corps for several years, Robert Becker doesn't mind the countless hours in the classroom.
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Robert Becker has been teaching for 30 years. In that time he's found a way to make calculus – in the words of his students - "not boring."

"Students have a lot of gaps in their knowledge and if they can't practice outside of the classroom they're not going to succeed," Becker said.

Junior Chelsea Schroeder said, "It's definitely a challenge, but the way Mr. Becker teaches it really helps and he makes calculus really easy."

He may make the lesson interesting, but everyone doesn't get something at some point.

Calculus isn't easy; Becker knows that.  He makes himself available to his students after school for 2.5 hours five days a week.  So his class isn't another added stress teens are already facing.

"I try to work with them where they're at," Becker said. "If they need help they can come and get help and turn their homework in later.  As long as they're progressing towards meeting a goal I'm fine with that."

Moises Apodaca, a Junior, is doing just OK in the class, but that's about to change.

"I'm starting to stay after school more so my grades should start going up," Apodaca said.

The after school study program has been funded by a Federal Grant for the past seven years.

After serving in the Peace Corps for several years, Becker doesn't mind the countless hours in the classroom. It's his due service to his students.

"I think you need to live a life of service and that's what I do as a teacher," he said. "I try to give back to the community and I think that's what is important in life."

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