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Article published February 6, 2013
Every week, The Cranberry Eagle will spotlight a local educator, providing a glimpse into what makes them tick. QUESTION: Why did you become a teacher? ANSWER: I enjoyed working as a tutor and volunteer with inner-city schools during my time at the University of Southern California. That, and I wasn’t good enough to be the center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, so I fell back on my second option. QUESTION: What is one sentence that sums up what you believe is the key to teaching? ANSWER: Teaching is a performance art that requires a professional to communicate and engage children in the science of learning. QUESTION: When you’re not teaching, you most likely can be found doing what? ANSWER: I enjoy theater, baseball and a host of other activities. I try to stay very active. QUESTION: What is one thing about you that likely would surprise your students? ANSWER: I am very introverted outside of the classroom. If you ask those closest to me, teaching middle school has probably brought me out of my shell over that last five years. JOE GRAFF SCHOOL: Mars Middle School GRADE: Seventh grade math EXPERIENCE: 11 years HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh RESIDENCE: Pittsburgh