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GET TO KNOW ... Joe Yuppa, German/Spanish Teacher at Magsig Middle School
GET TO KNOW ... Joe Yuppa, German/Spanish Teacher at Magsig Middle School

Throughout the year, we'll be introducing some of the great teachers, administrators, staff members, students and volunteers in our district. Today, let's get to know ... JOE YUPPA, German/Spanish Teacher at Magsig Middle School!

Throughout the year, we'll be introducing some of the great teachers, administrators, staff members, students and volunteers in our district. Today, let's get to know ... JOE YUPPA, German/Spanish Teacher at Magsig Middle School!

Tell us about your job.
I teach four classes of German and two classes of Spanish at Magsig Middle School. I also teach German and Spanish at UD. This is my 28th year of teaching. Prior to coming to Centerville, I taught high school for 23 years.

I supervise outside recess and have cafeteria duty during the noon study hall period. I supervise detention duty and Saturday School duty. I have an unofficial film club at Magsig, where students stay occasionally after school to view films in either German or Spanish with subtitles in English. I have cameo roles in the Magsig Musicals. Last time, I was the Grinch. This year, Mr. Ed Sullivan. I assist Ms. Carrie Hinders from Tower Heights to coordinate and chaperone the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.I am the D.C. lead teacher from Magsig.

What are some of your goals this year?
Every year I try to do even better than what I did the previous year – whether it be my instruction, the materials I select and create, the written and verbal assessments that I conduct, and how I integrate cultural perspectives and practices from the target cultures that represent the languages I teach. However, this year in particular, I have included a closer focus on ways for improving classroom management geared for youth 11-14 years of age in a world languages classroom.

Tell us about your family.
I come from a large, close-knit family. Sadly, both of my parents and all of my grandparents have passed away. Additionally, my extended family does not live in Ohio. Thankfully, my children, grandchildren, brothers, sister, nieces and nephews all live within an hour from my house. My wife of 26 years and I live in Miamisburg. My wife is a retired teacher.

Where did you grow up?
I am originally from New Jersey, right outside of New York City. When I was in middle school, my father accepted a job transfer where I then attended Carlisle Local Schools. My family moved again to Miamisburg, where I graduated from high school in 1987.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Most people think I am an extrovert. In many ways I am, but I really relish my privacy and I completely enjoy my time alone and/or being in quiet mode. I have been fortunate to travel numerous times to foreign countries and to many places in the United States. Throughout my career, I have led 20 groups of either students and/or adults to Europe, Mexico and Central America.

What is your favorite book, movie, TV show or hobby?
I very much enjoy looking at black and white movies and watching TV shows from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

What do you think you'd be doing if you weren't in education?
I am pretty confident that I would be more involved in the travel industry perhaps as a tour manager.I would also enjoy being a docent in a museum. Lastly but not least, I think I would have given stronger consideration to a religious vocation or the Peace Corp.

What is the best part about working for Centerville Schools?
The students at Magsig Middle School are truly fantastic. The kids make my day! The support from the parents and the administration is incredible. Mrs. Westendorf and my fellow teachers are positive, dynamic, and very dedicated to providing high-quality education. I am still humbled that I have the privilege to work with the youth in Centerville. Magsig Middle School is indeed a great place to be.