• Hello! My name is J.D. Ferris. I am the Algebra I and Honors Geometry teacher at East Helena High School. In my free time I enjoy fishing, camping, and simply just spending time with friends and family. I grew up in Dillon, MT where I attended Beaverhead County High School. I am very excited to come to East Helena to teach and coach for this community. I graduated from the University of Montana Western in 2020 where I received a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics while playing football for the Bulldogs. I am honored to have gone to Western because I believe that the experience and connections set me up for a very successful future. I am super excited for the 2021-2022 school year and helping build the brand new culture here at East Helena High School. Go Vigilantes! 

  • “Why did math matter so much? Some reasons were practical: More and more jobs required familiarity with probability, statistics and geometry. The other reason was that math was not just math.

    “Math is a language of logic. It is a disciplined, organized way of thinking. There is a right answer; there are rules that must be followed. More than any other subject, math is rigor distilled. Mastering the language of logic helps to embed higher-order habits in kids’ minds: the ability to reason, for example, to detect patterns and to make informed guesses. Those kinds of skills had rising value in a world in which information was cheap and messy.” 

    ~Amanda Ripley, From  her book “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way”

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