This year, Saline Area Schools hired a band of new teachers. Today, we introduce you to Saline Middle School teacher, Sam Wiener.
What you teach: 7th Grade Social Studies / Science
Where you teach: Saline Middle School
Hometown: Muskegon, MI
From what university did you graduate? Central Michigan University
Describe your previous teaching or career experience: Taught 8th Grade Science for 3 years in Rifle, CO followed by 2 years teaching 5th Grade in Silverthorne, CO.
Why did you decide on teaching as a profession? I am the oldest in my family and was constantly teaching my younger siblings how to do things. Some things were good and others were not so good. Either way, I was told early on by my family that I was good at teaching and coaching. I decided after the first day being in a classroom as a teacher that it was my calling.
Why did you choose your specific area/subject? I've had amazing teachers in the fields of social studies and science throughout my educational experience. They lit a fiery passion inside me for the subject matter.
Describe a satisfying moment on the job: I've always loved coaching. When I was in Rifle, CO I had the opportunity to coach 7th and 8th grade girls track. They were an amazing bunch of girls and unbelievably talented. We came together, got better every track meet, and ended up winning back to back PEG League Championships.
Who was your favorite or most influential teacher? Why? Lt. Col. Steve Morrell. He made learning difficult content easy and was a very logical and impartial teacher.
Tell us something about you that might surprise your students? I've hopped a 15 foot cliff on my snowboard.
How do you like to spend your time away from class? Fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking, mountain biking, basically anything relating to the outdoors.
What’s your impression of Saline Area Schools since accepting the position? An amazing place for kids to grow and learn. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity.