Name: Zach Lusienski.

What do you teach? Seventh grade math at Platteview Central Junior High School.

Experience: I am currently in my third year of teaching, all three years at Platteview Central. I am enrolling this spring at the University of Nebraska at Kearney to complete a degree in Academic Administration.

Hobbies: In my spare time I enjoy working out and any activities I can do outside. I play in coed softball and volleyball leagues and spend a lot of time on the golf course when the Nebraska weather cooperates.

Who or what influenced you to become a teacher? Growing up I really valued the relationships and connections I was able to make through my teachers and coaches. It inspired me to have that same impact on future generations of kids.

How do you spend your summer vacation? During the summer months I like to travel to various places whenever possible. A fun fact about me is I have touched foot in 48 of the 50 states. (Only Alaska and Hawaii remain). Last year I also had the opportunity to fly to Europe and spend time in Spain, France and Amsterdam.

What is the most rewarding part of being an educator? The moment when students have a “light bulb” moment when a concept or idea finally clicks for them. I encourage productive struggle in my classroom, so when it eventually pays off for the kids and they are gaining understanding is what makes the job worth it.

If I weren’t a teacher, I’d be . . .A civil engineer. I would love the opportunity to work and solve the unknowns to structures and naturally built infrastructures.

Email: eric.taylor@papilliontimes.com Phone: 402-505-3613

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