Meet Mr. Macer
Thank you to everyone that found me interesting enough to actually read more about the person behind the teacher…
When I was in high school I had a teacher from my Child Development course suggest to me in my senior year that I should go to school to be a teacher. She, being one of my favorite teachers, knew that for starters I was still one of few people still unsure about what I wanted to do, and that I also really didn't want to leave school, because I loved my high school years. I was also performing in our high school theater and musical production, where I was getting first hand experience working with the elementary student cast members. There are a lot of "little kid" roles in the Sound of Music… 12 I believe. And when you're playing Uncle Max there is a lot of interaction with them! That is the point where I said… "Yep, I want to teach little kids because they love school and so do I!"
So off I went on a wonderful 6 and a half year collegiate journey… Why so long you ask? Because just like high school I LOVED COLLEGE!! So I stayed a bit longer than most, mainly because I took it slow but there were many paths I started down (psychology… fun but not quite the career path I was looking for, and Theater Arts… because I loved to be in front of people performing, but realized that its not the best profession to take up…. SNL will have to wait!)
Graduation came and off I went to start a new journey in the south….
I first settled in North Carolina in 2005 at a little place (that has recently seen tremendous growth with an influx of military) called Rockfish Hoke Elementary. I was hired three months before the end of the year and thus began my teaching career. I left Rockfish Hoke (the "homestead" as I like to call it), selected to work at a newly built, highly updated elementary school in our county. This school, named Don D. Steed Elementary after one of the county's superintendents, where I have enjoyed the honor of being on the team that initiated the new school.
On September 13th 2013 I ended my employment with Hoke County Schools after almost eight years of service as a teacher in this quiet North Carolina county. I left for a new experience which has taken my journey away from North Carolina and brought my northern, closer to my Pennsylvania roots, to Charleston West Virginia. There I worked for the Clay Center for the Science and Arts as the Programs and Curriculum Coordinator. I will be working with teachers around the state to implement Digital Storytelling as well as other Digital Learning. After only a year of service, I was offered a position as an Instructional Technology Specialist in my home state of Pennsylvania. I currently work for the Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9 in Smethport Pennsylvania.