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: My elementary physical education teacher, Mr. Bender, was very positive and made his job look like something that anyone would enjoy doing as their profession. Did your dog really eat your tennis shoes, Mr. Bender?
QUESTION: What is one sentence that sums up what you believe is the key to teaching?
ANSWER: The key to teaching is creating a comfortable and positive learning atmosphere where students want to participate and can identify the benefits of their accomplishments.
QUESTION: When you’re not teaching, you most likely can be found doing what?
ANSWER: I enjoy spending time with my family, daily Bible reading, hunting, fishing, and working on a golf course during the summer.
QUESTION: What is one thing about you that likely would surprise your students?
ANSWER: I shot a black bear in Allegheny County this hunting season.
SCHOOL: Mars Middle School
GRADE: 7th/8th physical education
EXPERIENCE: 25 years
HOMETOWN: Ross Township
RESIDENCE: North Sewickley
FAMILY: Wife, Melissa and daughter, Bristol