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What I'm reading

Daniel Pink blog about the changing world of work.
Farnam Street blog "Mastering the best of what others have figured out"

The River of Doubt by Candice Millard is the story of Theodore Roosevelt's trip
down an uncharted tributary of the Amazon after his presidential defeat in 1912.
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

You Can Do This Project video blog about people living with Type 1 diabetes.
#engchat discussions on Twitter
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Home Town: Hastings, NE
Degrees Held & Institution Received From:
  Hastings College, B.A.; Doane College, M.A. 

Contact: email me; phone extension at school: 2251 

Former School Districts:  Stromsburg (1994-1996);  Lincoln Northeast (1996-2001); I spent seven years as a stay-at-home dad before returning to teaching in 2008.
Favorite aspect of teaching:
Teaching is an important and rewarding responsibility, as teachers have the opportunity- along with a child's family and community- to help lay the foundation for later success in academic, professional and personal endeavors. Here at Norris we are very fortunate to have great families and communities. These are the cornerstones of a great school.
Extra Duty Assignments:  Although I have coached cross country, track and  basketball in the past, I am currently not coaching at Norris. I coached the Holland, Ne town t-ball and baseball teams from 2006-2013, coached the Lincoln Junior Stars hockey PeeWee level the last three years, and coached YMCA soccer.
Family:  My wife Heidi is an attorney at Scudder Law Firm in Lincoln. Our kids all go to Norris. Our son Sawyer is in eighth grade; our son Seneca is in seventh grade; our daughter Sadie is in sixth grade.
Hobbies/Interest Areas: Most of my extra time is spent working on our old farm house and acreage east of Hickman. I also like to run, play basketball, do crossword puzzles, read, travel, and spend time with my family. I am an irrational St. Louis Cardinals fan, and have spent far too much of my life fixated on Husker football.

Family in education: I am proud to be one of many educators in my family. My mom, Jan Scherr, is a retired school nurse (Hastings Public Schools/ESU 9) who currently substitutes for the Omaha Public Schools. My dad, Steve Scherr, is a former teacher and coach; he also served on the Nebraska State Board of Education as well as the Hastings Public Schools Board of Education. My grandfather, Art Scherr, taught and coached for many years at Boys Town High School. My mother-in-law, Jane Hornung, taught at Arnold, Nebraska Public School before becoming superintendent of Paxton Consolidated School District and later of Arthur Public Schools. She serves on the Board of Governors of Mid-Plains Community College.