Stillwater Junior High welcomes English teacher Neal Mayerle

Fall 2011

Unsure of what I wanted to do after college, I pursued the all encompassing communications degree.  My uncertainty of careers made my job search challenging, but with some luck I had the opportunity to interview with IBM and I was fortunate enough to be offered a job.  I spent a couple of years on a helpdesk doing IT support.

I eventually moved to a new department handling procurement and asset management.  My plan was to use this job as a stepping stone to get to my dream job, whatever that was.  Eight years later, I knew I needed a change and my wife suggested that I look into teaching since I had mentioned it in the past.  With this idea in mind I took a couple of vacation days to observe some friends’ classrooms.  I spent a day at all the levels and really took a liking to junior high and high school.  This experience led me to enroll in a teaching program through the College of St. Scholastica.

Being in my fourth year of teaching, I am positive I made the right choice to become a teacher.  The everyday interactions with the students is what I find find to be the greatest reward with teaching.  I learned much and gained valuable “real-world” experience from my time with IBM, but I feel that the classroom is a much more natural fit for me.

May, 15, 2015