Manager of the Month Says Get Outdoors Often

November 12, 2016


Photo by Amber Romero -- Project Manager Andy Hostetler said he uses art and real world projects to get kids thinking about geometry and trigonometry.

Photo by Amber Romero — Project Manager Andy Hostetler said he uses art and real world projects to get scholars thinking about geometry and trigonometry.

By Amber Romero

Andrew Hostetler, November’s Manager of the Month, said he never had any intentions of becoming a teacher, but is happy with the route he has chosen. Below, he explains how grateful he is that he took public speaking in college and reveals the person on campus who made him feel the most welcome when he started at ASK. 

Did you expect to be Manager of the Month?  

No, I thought the award stopped last year. I thought Mr. Garcia should have won the award.

Why do you think scholars voted for you?  

Hopefully because they enjoy the class and they are learning a lot.

What subject do you teach?  

I teach Math, because it’s way better than History or English.

At what point in your life did you decide to become a teacher?  

I graduated from college with a math degree and needed a job. I was lucky enough to get hired by Rio Rancho Mid-High, which had just opened and needed a ton of math teachers.

What were you originally planning on doing with a math degree?

I thought I would be an engineer or an architect.

What kind of student were you in high school?

I was a 4.0 student my freshman and senior year. Unfortunately, I spent too much time talking with friends instead of doing my work during the two other years.

Who were the teachers or people who influenced you in your life?  

My public speaking teacher in college had a strict and organized way of teaching that forced people to learn to speak well in public. That skill has been useful time and time again. My high school baseball coach taught me to be bigger than my problems. He was calm and collected regardless of what obstacle he faced.

What is the hardest part about teaching high school?

Teaching high school is great: it’s the eighth graders you have to watch out for. Years ago, I had to ask them to go to the nurse because they gave themselves a swirly and because their breath was terrible from eating dog treats at lunch.

What is the hardest part about teaching middle school?  

Having scholars who can’t drive themselves to field trips.

What do you like most about teaching?  

Seeing scholars learn and develop, working alongside other teachers to become better, and doing something different and interesting every day.

What do you dislike the most about teaching?  

The low pay.

What makes ASK scholars different than other students?

Even though their dodgeball skills need a lot of work, they are respectful and caring.

What makes ASK different from other schools?  

Small class sizes, invested families, and supportive administration.

Which staff member made you feel comfortable when you were new last year?

Ms. Mary Lou.  She always has a funny joke or story, and cares about everyone.

What do you do when you are not teaching?  

When I’m not teaching I fish, hunt, hike, coach my kids’ sports, volunteer as a Scout Leader, go to church, and eat at Twisters.

Are you  married/have kids?

I am married with two kids.  

What has been the most profound experience you have had teaching this year?  

Seeing the amazing recycled art projects that scholars made and seeing the projects up in the classroom.

What piece of advice would you give to high school scholars based on your own experiences?  

Figure out what college you want to go to.  Look up their GPA and ACT requirements, then find a way to work to get there.  Outside of school, I would recommend getting your driver’s license as early as possible and then go fishing, hiking, and hunting in the mountains with friends and family.


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