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February Renaissance Teacher of the Month: Mr. Edward Vancas

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10 things we love about Mr. Vancas:

  • Your willingness to help others
  • Your positive and approving attitude
  • Your humor
  • Your resourcefulness
  • Your enthusiasm towards students and teaching
  • Your high levels of patience
  • Your kind heart
  • Your dedication to metal working
  • Your love of poodles
  • Your forearms of steel

EE: What inspired you to become a teacher?

EV: When I took my first shop class in 9th grade, I absolutely LOVED it. At that point, my dad told me maybe I should think about becoming a shop teacher. The rest is history from there, as they say.

EE: How long have you been teaching?

EV: 36 years.

EE: Have you always taught at Tyrone? If not, where else?

EV: Yes. I graduated from Penn State in May 1980, and started teaching at Tyrone in August of 1980.

EE: What is your favorite memory as a teacher?

EV: Every time I see a student that has graduated and they are working in the manufacturing field or another related field. Also, when I see former students and they tell me how proud they are of the projects they made in class and still have them many years later.

EE: If you weren’t teaching right now, what do you think you would have done with your life?

EV: Working in the manufacturing or construction field. 

EE: Where did you attend high school?

EV: Moshannon Valley.

EE: Where did you attend college?

EV: Penn State University.

EE: What’s your favorite book?

EV: The Machinist’s Handbook.

EE: What is your favorite sport and sports team?

EV: Baseball and Basketball; Pittsburgh Pirates.

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