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A Lifetime of Teaching and Learning!

Shelby Castoe

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Dr. Glazer’s 50th Year teaching!

As of this new school year, Neil Glazer, or otherwise known as Dr. Glazer, has entered his 50th year of teaching! Glazer is a science teacher at Xavier and has taught almost every subject that has to do with science such as Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental science. He is one teacher that has impacted many lives and is loved by all.

What or who made you go into the educational profession?

When I was in my last year of high school, I was really just an average student. I got mostly C’s. My mother demanded that I had a teacher named Mr. Brunette. He was the hardest teacher in the whole high school. I went into to his class believing I was just average. He pulled me aside and told me that he looked at my grades and said they were average. But he told me I was not an average student, “you are a very talented student.” I did not believe I was smart. but I looked up to him, so him telling me that I was smart made me start to believe I was. And sure enough I started getting A’s. I decided I wanted a job that can influence other just like Mr. Brunette did.

What is the worst part of teaching and what is the best?

The worst part about teaching is knowing that not every student is going to achieve and going to learn. I would like to think that I am talented enough that everybody would get an A, everybody. You find out that you can’t hit a home run every time. It is painful because I want all of my students to love science the way I do, but some say they don’t love nor do they like it. The best part is when students say they’re bad in a subject but end up getting an A and say how much they loved my class.

Where was your first teaching job?

My very first teaching job was in Cleveland, Ohio teaching chemistry and biology.

How much longer do you picture yourself teaching?

That’s a really good question. I think I want to keep teaching as long as I a healthy enough to do so.

If you could have been any other profession, what would it have been?

I think if I wasn’t teaching, I would have became a medical doctor I find cardiology very interesting and would have loved to be a physician.

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