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Article published February 20, 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 wanted to do something that would make me feel like I was making a difference. Teaching does that for me. QUESTION: What is one sentence that sums up what you believe is the key to teaching? ANSWER: I believe that if you let your students know that you genuinely care about them, the learning will take care of itself. QUESTION: When you’re not teaching, you most likely can be found doing what? ANSWER: I am most likely outdoors. I love being outside no matter what the weather is like or what season it is. I enjoy gardening, hiking, biking and kayaking. QUESTION: What is one thing about you that likely would surprise your students? ANSWER: I have an artistic side. I love woodworking, painting, sketching, and playing the guitar. MARK McMONIGAL SCHOOL: Mars Elementary School GRADE: Third EXPERIENCE: 19 years HOMETOWN: Glenshaw RESIDENCE: Wexford FAMILY: Wife, Joell; son, Jonathan; daughter, Elizabeth; and dog, Gus