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