Jordan-Elbridge technology teacher Mark Schermerhorn
continued “I will check in with Eric and see if he has anything immediately for me to do,” Schermerhorn said, “If he doesn’t, I will continue to work on the modified and high school sports scheduling for practices.”
The college days
Heading back to college for the past two summers not only brought back memories for Schermerhorn, but a sense of ease, attributing his skills he has learned as a teacher to adapting to becoming a born-again college student.
Schermerhorn lived in a suite with four other gentlemen that were also a part of the Leadership Academy 12-credit program from July 7 through July 22.
“It was odd,” Schermerhorn said, “but it brought back a lot of memories from my undergrad days at SUNY Oswego.”
While there, Schermerhorn notes that he didn’t bring a television and that it was all about studying and mastering the intense program.
“I was up on the seventh floor of the dormitory,” said Schermerhorn, “no air conditioning, it’s hot and uncomfortable. It was all about doing the work.”
Classes were everyday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday with a break for dinner and one half day. Schermerhorn used that window of time to travel back home for the birth of their child on July 4 and then immediately drove back the next day.
While some may find going back to school strenuous after not being there for so long, Schermerhorn credits his routine as a teacher as something that helped him throughout his coursework.
“I’m always reading and researching at work,” he said. “I’m always trying to stay on top of the latest technology and methods. When I was at school, I was already in school mode.”
In his fourth year as the high school’s technology teacher, Schermerhorn notes the despite what the school district has gone through; there is nowhere he would rather be than working for the tight-knit community that is the Jordan-Elbridge School District.
“One of the great things about working in a small school is that you know everybody- students and faculty,” he said. “The school district definitely has a bright future with the new superintendent; you just move on and push forward. The teachers and kids are resilient. It’s going to take time, but it always works itself out.”