About Mr. Strabala

     I have been teaching Language Arts at Jesup High School since August of 1999.  I regularly teach English II, Speech, Drama,  Creative Writing, and English I.   From 1999-2010, I also coached the Large Group and Individual Speech teams, and directed the Spring and Fall plays.
     I graduated from UNI with a BA Degree; my major was Communication/Theatre Arts Education, and my minor was English.  I have also taken four graduate courses through the Iowa Writing Project at UNI (Levels I and II, Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum, and Teaching Deliberatively).  I have enjoyed these classes and gained proficiency in my teaching because of them.  The IWP is a great benefit for any teacher, no matter the subject area!  In addition to the IWP classes, I have also completed a class incorporating technical writing with the business world through UNI/Hawkeye Community College.
     The best times to reach me in person at school are between 7:00-8:00 A.M. and after school from 3:30-4:30 P.M.  
     I can be contacted by email at mstrabala@jesup.k12.ia.us.  If you would like to set up a conference, contact me or the h.s. office, and I will be more than happy to arrange a meeting time.
     I was born and raised in Riverside, Iowa (home of Captain Kirk) and graduated from Highland High School.  I have TWELVE siblings (7 brothers, 5 sisters), ten nephews, and six nieces.  My family means a great deal to me.  Growing up, all we had was eachother.
     I am a Simpsons FREAK!!  I admit it, I can pretty much quote you any amount of trivia you'd like to know or recite entire episodes from memory.  This is aparantly a Strabala family trait.
     In addition to the Simpsons, I am also a Vikings fan!!!!  Joke all you like, this is their year (this statement will stand for every season until they win the Super Bowl). 
     I love the outdoors!  Being outside is something I thoroughly enjoy.  Here are a few things I like to do outside:  Hiking, climbing, biking, walking, golf, football, fishing, hunting, amature photography.  Other interests I have include: Listening to music, theatre, symphony, reading, and cooking.