Hello, my name is Mr. Allison and I am the Technical Associate (TA)/Computer Teacher here at Tallmadge Elementary. The 2020-2021 school year is my second year here. Interestingly enough, I actually taught college-level English and Speech Communication classes for fifteen years prior to being at Tallmadge. So, while I'm certainly not new to teaching, switching from college to elementary school presents a new...arena. That having been said, I have enjoyed the new challenges, getting to know the students a bit and interacting with them, and getting to know my coworkers better as well.
A little about myself: I am married, and my wife and I LOVE animals! We have three dogs (one of them is pictured with me, above) and a cat, and always have to tell ourselves "No more animals!" even though we fall in love with new ones all the time. I very much enjoy games, as was made clear by my starting the Tallmadge Elementary Game Club last year. Video games are fun, but primarily I enjoy board games, card games - anything tabletop. I feel like there is a more social aspect to those kinds of games, when interacting with friends and family. I also enjoy reading and writing, and watching a variety of TV shows and movies. The biggest thing about me that I try to share with the students is that, at heart, I am a big kid! I love comic books and the characters from them and most of the films, Harry Potter, and I still watch a number of cartoons - DuckTales being right at the top of my list!
I enjoy getting to work with the kids, and look forward to good things as we progress through this school year. It might not be the easiest school year; there are a lot of challenges, a lot of changes, and a lot of frustration. But if we work together, take care of one another, and do what we are supposed to to stay safe and healthy, there's no reason why we can't have a great school year.