Mr. Maynard has been a proud member of Pasadena Unified School District for the past 20 years. He joined the Eliot staff in 1998 after earning his multiple subject credential through National University. Throughout his tenure at Eliot, Mr. Maynard has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, predominantly as a math and science teacher. During that time he has also been called upon to teach a wide variety of other subjects as well, including a core subjects self-contained class, Algebra 1, math and English intervention, arts electives, debate, and American Sign Language. Mr. Maynard particularly enjoyed his last three years in the classroom where he had the opportunity to teach a beginning rock band class.
Most recently, Mr. Maynard has served as the Response to Intervention Coach at Eliot Arts Magnet, helping to revitalize the school. His work has contributed to the school’s reduction in suspensions, increased enrollment, and having been named as Pasadena Weekly’s Best Art School in 2017.
While serving as the Response to Intervention Coach, Mr. Maynard earned his Masters of Educational Leadership through Cal State University, Los Angeles. He also has a Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he also studied Chemistry and Psychology. According to Mr. Maynard, “My teaching experiences began in 12th grade, where I received a dispensation from the district to leave early each day to assist in a 3rd grad class for the hearing impaired. While my intent had been to teach chemistry at a high school for the deaf, I found my true passion was working with younger students.”
In 2001 Mr. Maynard was honored by the Board as an outstanding teacher in Pasadena for his work in leading the 6th grade team through a year long theme of exploring the Grand Canyon, culminating in a 5 day field trip for over 100 students in the National Park. He has continued his thematic approach throughout his career, keeping a firm commitment to connecting whatever subject he teaches to the world outside of the school in meaningful ways.
Mr. Maynard has participated in district textbook choice committees and was part of the Curriculum Rewriting Workshop for 6th grade Math and Science, helping to realign the District’s scope and sequence to the new Common Core and NGSS Standards.
Mr. Maynard is excited about the opportunity to move to another arts school and work with a staff that has a deep commitment in bringing their best for their students every day.