Who’s in the schools: Ron Linsacum

Ron Linsacum

What is your job title: Industrial arts teacher

Number of years in profession: 21

How did you get into this profession? It’s quite the story, really, but the shortened version goes like this: I followed the footsteps of my brother, who followed the footsteps of my uncle, who, apparently, followed the footsteps of my grandmother. I guess I would say that it just seemed like the natural thing to do.

What is the most challenging part of your job? Not teaching, and being politically correct when I’m not.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? When everything works out. Finding a project the students can enjoy, that challenges their skills and teaches the necessary components of an industrial arts program.

What is a teaching tool or method that is unique to you? I try really hard to connect with kids in my own way. I feel it’s important that we help our students realize the importance of self-motivation and responsibility.

Briefly describe your most heartwarming teaching/student experience: It happens a lot really. It’s that little wave you get over the top of the steering wheel when you drive through town or when students — and some who are now parents — take the time to go out of their way just to say “hi,” and share some stories and memories.

What are your favorite activities when you’re not at school? I like to work in my yard, spend time sharing moments with my family and friends and taking on projects.

What is the one thing about your profession that you wish the public at large understood? That the No. 1 influence in a child’s life is that child’s parents! That teachers, like parents, do the best they can with the opportunities they have, and if we trust each other and work together, with the child in mind, our kids will turn out to be good people.

What do you like most about Craig Middle School? Witnessing the changes our students go through. The people I work around and the general atmosphere and that what we do here is important to everyone.

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