April Teacher Feature: Mr. Mike Schmoll

Name: Mike Schmoll

Grade & School You Teach: 9-12 Social Studies, Pacelli

Where did you grow up and go to high school and college?

Grew up in Stevens Point, graduated from SPASH and UWSP.

Where was your first teaching job?

Substituted in the public schools for a year and then started at Pacelli.

How long have you been teaching? 22 years

How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools? 21 years

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?

The freedom I have to teach what I want and how I want to teach it and the family atmosphere amongst students, staff, and families.

What is unique about the education experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else?

I think the family atmosphere at Pacelli is very unique and sets us apart from other schools. I have had student and parents of students I had twenty years ago come up to me and ask how I’ve been and how are things at Pacelli. People seem to really care about the students and the school.


What was your favorite class when you were a student?

Any history class.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A farm machinery salesman like my Dad.

Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?

I really don’t have one specific person that I use as a role model. I looked up to my parents and grandparents but there have been many people who I have looked at as role models. I try to take a little bit from all of them.

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

I’ve recently taken up beekeeping which is very interesting. I also like to read, mow the lawn, and surf the internet.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I’ve worn glasses or contacts since I was in fourth grade so I think I’d like to have some sort of super eye sight.

What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?

I have four grandkids and four dogs.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student?

Don’t go through life with blinders on. Don’t be afraid to experience new things, they might take you to a place you never imagined yourself.

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