Hello, I'm Mr. Gartman, the High School Business and Middle School Computers teacher at Montezuma. Here, you will find a little bit about myself as well as some information about my classroom and courses as I continue to update it.
My name is Kevin Gartman and am teaching at Montezuma Schools in Montezuma, IA. I had grown up in the town of Waukee, IA and graduated from Waukee High School in 2011. I attended the University of Northern Iowa, graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Teaching. I also coach at Montezuma Schools. I coach the JV Girls Basketball Team, the JH Girls Track Team, and the JH and High school Cross Country Team for the boys and girls.
I live in the town of Montezuma, IA with my wife Kelli and we enjoy living life is this town of Montezuma. In my free time, I enjoy all things sports-related, running, and the occasional book! I teach a large range of classes, including but not limited to: 7th Leadership, 8th Intro to Business, High School Leadership, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Business Communications, Business Marketing, Personal Finance, Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Travel and Tourism, Web Design I, and Web Design II. (takes deep breath)
What do you like about teaching at Montezuma?
Being able to teach at Montezuma gives me a unique opportunity to watch the growth of students at Montezuma from when I first teach them in 7th grade through when they graduate six years later. As a teacher and coach, I get to help support our students as they take on all that life throws at them, and get a front-row seat as they pursue their dreams.
What do you think of your students/classes?
One unique thing about the business classes at Montezuma is the amount of real-world application and projects that are completed. Students complete case studies, research and projects for both real and imaginary clients, and find ways to collaborate with the school community as a whole to learn and improve skills they will use post-graduation.
Why do you coach?
As a lifelong sports fan, I love the way that all athletics bring out hard work, passion, and competitive spirit. Sports give individuals a unique opportunity to grind and work hard towards a goal they set, learn to support others around them, and celebrate successes as one. I'm lucky to have the support team family I do with Montezuma Cross Country, Girls Basketball, and Junior High Girls Track
Classes I Teach
7th Grade Leadership
A new 7th grade hex this year, Leadership class introduces students to actions they can take to become an exemplary leader, from finding their voice and clarifying their values, to recognizing others' contributions and celebrating their victories.
8th Grade Intro to Business
Intro to Business is an 8th grade hex, giving junior high students a chance to experience small units of each high school business class taught at the school. Students will learn about basic economic principles, ethical decision-making, marketing and advertising strategies, debit vs credit cards, the importance of taxes, budgeting, and will create their own mini version of a business.
Sports and Entertainment Marketing
In Sports Marketing, students will get a first-hand experience of the workings of building and maintaining a sports franchise. This class will focus primarily on the basics of marketing and promotion as students will create an advertising campaign. Students will get a chance to use their knowledge to successful build their own sports franchise using Virtual Business to culminate the semester.
Business Marketing is for students interested in business/marketing careers. Students develop a solid understanding of the marketing concept through a promotional plan and marketing research report. In addition students develop job getting skills during the marketing component to ensure success in the pursuit of a job/career of their choice.
Personal Finance provides students with financial consumer skills that are needed in everyday life. Units include Budgeting, Savings, Investments Options, Wealth Building, College Savings, Dangers of Debt, Taxes and Insurance.
This one-semester course introduces students to the laws that affect business and their daily lives. Included are reviews of the Constitution and our legal system, ethics, law for minors, crimes, torts, contracts, employment, warranties, and consumer protection laws.
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management is designed to provide students with the information and skills that lead to successful management or ownership. Students will develop the appreciation for the realities of business, and will help students understand their role as a consumer.
Web Design 1
In Web Design, students will get a real-life taste of the process of designing a web page. We will be using the software program Dreamweaver and Google Sites to learn how we create and design a web site that meets a business’s needs and demands.
Web Design 2
In Web Design II, students will work independently on planning, creating and updating the Montezuma School District Website. The students will use a web-based program to get real-life experience in Web Design