Teacher spotlight: Mark Pisel

How many years have you been teaching? I have been teaching for six years and five of those years have been at Bettendorf. What is your favorite childhood memory? My favorite memory is playing baseball in my backyard and my entire neighborhood would come over to my house and play until dark almost every day. What is your favorite high school memory? The summer of my senior year I almost did not play basketball, to concentrate on baseball, but I did and we ended up going to state. What is your dream job? Without trying to sound cheesy, I think I have it. If I had to pick, though, I would pick a pro baseball player. What is something you wish your younger self knew? I wish I would have had better problem solving skills, I was always told what to do instead of figuring it out for myself. That is why I teach the way I do. Tell me about your family? I am married, to Katie, and have three boys. My boys are five, three and a half and seven months. They are stressful, at times, but hilarious and it’s really fun watching them grow up. What is your dream vacation? To go to Australia and New Zealand, it would be cool to see the Great Barrier Reef. Advice for students to live by? I do not think it’s true that nice guys finish last. You should always be a nice person because you never know what someone else is going through. If you could put anything in a time capsule what would you choose? A Cardinals World Series banner because the people in the future would be amazed that we had only won 11 World Series.


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