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Eye on Stillwater: Get to know high school math teacher Mr. OC West

May 24, 2016 – Throughout the remainder of the school year and throughout the summer, the Eye on Stillwater series will highlight those who help our students reach their full potential. It is a chance for the Stillwater community to get to know our teachers, administrators, and staff on a more personal level.

Mr. OC West is a native of Salem, NY and currently resides in Fort Ann, NY. He teaches math at Stillwater High School in grades 11 and 12. Prior to working at Stillwater, Mr. West taught in the Granville Central School District from 2007-2013. At Stillwater, Mr. West coaches varsity wrestling and varsity football. He has earned degrees from both St. Lawrence University and SUNY Plattsburgh at Adirondack Community College.

Learn more:OC West

What do you like most about working in the Stillwater Central District?

The academic environment at Stillwater is very positive.
The students strive for success and there are a lot of opportunities for students to maximize their learning.

What do you like best about teaching in your current subject area?

I enjoy working with the age group as much as I do the content. Math is difficult to apply sometimes at this level. I try to incorporate it into real life situations or have meaningful discussions about the need to endure tough challenges and problem solve effectively. That is something that really hits home with students who are just months away from experiencing reality outside of the high school bubble.

What is your favorite event that happens at Stillwater?

The spectacle that is class day/prom is pretty amazing. When I was in high school we did prom on a Saturday and it felt more like a homecoming dance than a black tie affair.

What made you want become a teacher?

My high school math teacher/wrestling coach had a huge impact on me both inside the classroom and beyond and I realized the impact that I could have.

 If you could teach a different subject area, what would it be and why?

I would teach Science because I am amazed of some of the things that we are able to analyze and discover.

When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you "grew up?"

I knew in high school that I wanted to take 1 of 2 paths. I wanted to be either an athletic trainer or a teacher. The stress of being a trainer and the toll it can take on your family is what led me to choose teaching.

What is the most unusual job you've ever had?

My first job was pumping gas on Sundays following wrestling tournaments. Other than teaching, the job I’ve spent the most time doing is painting houses.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to spend time with my boys. We like to do anything sports related but we also spend a lot of time outside doing other things, like hiking and swimming.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

I would pay off my mortgage, car payments, and student loans. I would also set aside enough to pay for my boys to go to college and I would probably take my wife out for dinner and to do a little bit of shopping. I would then invest the rest and accrue as much interest as possible so I could retire early and figure out why I’m terrible at golf.

What are some of the top items on your "bucket list?"

I would really like to visit Ireland and Australia at some point.

What are your favorite sports teams?

The New York Mets and the Washington Redskins

What are your plans for the summer?

I will be working at Bennett's Riding Stable in Lake Luzerne doing guided trail rides on horses 3 days a week. I also plan on going on adventures with the boys!


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