Parma Senior High math teacher Charles Presloid finds inspiration each day with students
April 6, 2020
by Maria Tripodis
Parma Senior High School
Known for his excellent teaching style and corny jokes, Charles Presloid has been teaching math and inspiring students of Parma Senior High School for the last 15 years.
After being admitted to Case Western Reserve University, Presloid wasn’t quite sure what his intended career path was, but he knew his interests.
“I was debating some sort of engineering or anything with math and science,” Presloid explained. “I liked math a lot, I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it.”
“Teaching kind of just happened as I went through college,” he added on how he decided to become a teacher. “Part of it was helping my friends with their classes and actually enjoying the work I was doing. Once I began to think about it, I started inquiring about becoming a teacher.”
Once he graduated from Case, Presloid became a substitute teacher in the Parma City School District for about six months until securing a full-time teaching position at PSH.
Presloid teaches an array of classes at the high school such as Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus.
With each class, he caters to the students’ needs in terms of explanations, visual aid and patience.
“There’s a unique quality that I can bring to some people,” Presloid shared. “It’s this quality that actually makes them (students) feel a little more inspired to do well in math.”
Despite math being many students’ most frustrating course, Presloid teaches students everything they need to know in an enjoyable way.
“Although not everybody enjoys math, a lot of kids will actually come up and say they enjoyed having class with me,” Presloid explained. “(They say) there was something different about me as opposed to other math classes.”
As students progress in their math career, Presloid is there helping in any way possible. He always offers extra assistance during either free periods or after school.
He wants students to not only learn material but to grow academically.
“My favorite thing is honestly seeing kids that I’ve had as freshmen, now seniors, and witnessing the difference that happened in those four years,” Presloid described. “(Seeing) where they came in and where they are now.”
It is Presloid’s dedication to his job and students that make him not only a well-liked teacher, but a mentor to admire for years to come.
PHOTO CAPTION: Parma Senior High School math teacher Charles Presloid started as a substitute teacher at the school 15 yeas ago, before becoming a member of the full-time faculty.