February 6, 2013
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Joe Graff

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.


SCHOOL: Mars Middle School

GRADE: Seventh grade math

EXPERIENCE: 11 years

HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh

RESIDENCE: Pittsburgh