Get to Know John Gulden, Mathematics Teacher

It has been an exciting year for mathematics teachers, Mr. John Gulden. In fall 2019, Mr. Gulden was chosen for the DeSales President Award at the annual Hall of Honors for his innovative and interactive lessons that present math in a new and fascinating way. In 2020, Mr. Gulden was the recipient of the Irene Casey Inclusion Award by the Archdiocese of Louisville.


Fun Facts About Mr. Gulden

Why did you choose to work at DeSales? 

After interviewing here, I felt confident in the direction of the school and that everyone was committed to continuous improvement and success, and I wanted to be a part of that environment. 


What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?  

I enjoy the lightbulb moments when ideas or concepts “turn on” for students.  


What is your proudest moment at DeSales?  

At graduation, a couple of years back, I asked a grad what they were going to do next, and they said they wanted to be a teacher. They named faculty by name and told me how they influenced them to think about becoming a professional educator. It was a beautiful moment to feel that we have impacted students in that way.  


What is your motto or personal mantra?  

The days are long, and the years are short.


What would others be surprised to find out about you? 

I’m an introvert - surprise!


How do you spend your summer breaks?

My family and I spend time on the road visiting family in Minnesota, South Dakota, and California. We eat a lot of ice cream during the summer, and I usually try to balance that out with more running than during the school year.