SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – In the 7th grade classroom at Desert Shadows Middle School, Larry Fitzgerald is always watching, and number 11 is clearly his favorite.
Welcome to Deirdre Cronin’s math class, where if the Arizona Cardinals win, her students don’t have homework on Monday! My love for all things Cards started a few years ago. After growing up on the East Coast, he attended his first NFL game with his father in Arizona when he was a student at the University of Arizona. Loyalty to the team grew over the years.
In the end, Cronin didn’t do homework on Monday’s politics. “It started because everyone was wearing Cowboys jerseys. And Seahawks jerseys. And I wanted to help the home team,” Cronin said. “It’s hard to make 13-year-olds laugh and smile, and sometimes it’s funny,” he added. Don’t be fooled though. Students work hard on a topic that can drag on some bells, but Cronin has done something forward-thinking! “He puts the lessons into games in a way that is fun and understandable at the same time,” said one student.
Football aside, Cronin clearly loves teaching. “I come for them, but I also have a passion for mathematics. So I think together…you love what you do and you love what you teach. And I’m blessed,” Cronin said.
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