Staff Spotlight: John Scheil

John Scheil, Physical Education teacher at Roosevelt Elementary

What are some of your hobbies and interests?
Being a new homeowner and doing all sorts of home renovations.
Olympic weightlifting/Exercising
Spending time with my friends and family

What's something interesting about you that not a lot of people know?
I coach the Owatonna High School Adapted Floor Hockey team. I am lucky to get to coach anywhere from ten to fifteen 7th-12th graders who bring a wide range of abilities, interests, and attitudes to the table. One really cool piece about this sport for students with disabilities is it is sanctioned by the MSHSL, so it is considered a regular varsity sport that finishes the year with a state tournament. In my tenure as the Huskies head coach, we have made it to the state tournament three times and our best finish was third place.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in education?
It took me a while to decide on a career in education. Seeing as my mom was a teacher, I vowed at a young age that I would never go into education... So, heading off to college I was going to pursue a career in the medical field (that's where the big bucks are), but after taking BIO 105, I soon realized that four-plus years of science classes wasn't going to happen. After lots of thinking, I decided to take an intro to PE class, and the rest is history.  

What do you enjoy most about working with students?
I enjoy seeing kids work hard and feel accomplished when they complete a hard task. Being able to challenge my students to be the best that they can be physically, mentally, and socially and then relating that to real life is what makes my job great.

What do you enjoy about being a part of Faribault Public Schools?
I enjoy having gone through the Faribault Public Schools and now being a teacher in them. The staff and students make coming to work every day so enjoyable, and being able to give back to the community that helped make me who am today is extremely rewarding.  
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