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Teacher Feature: Q&A with Instructor Joe Luther

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Instructor Joe Luther teaches second hour Composition class.

Instructor Joe Luther teaches second hour Composition class.

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Photo by Parson Covington

Instructor Joe Luther teaches second hour Composition class.

Nick Stavas, Managing Editor

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English Instructor Joe Luther is in his second year teaching at Glenwood Community High School. He agreed to share a little more about himself with the Rambler Staff and the community.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in south Omaha and graduated from Gross High in Omaha back in 2001. Go Cougars!  


Q: Where did you attend college?

A: I went to Creighton University for a year and then I transferred to UNO to major in English and then eventually education. I also earned my master’s degree in English at UNO in 2010.


Q: What made you want to become a teacher?

A: I have always liked to read literature and write, so I majored in English and only really majored in education so I could actually do something with my degree when I graduated. I never really liked high school or high school kids much, but since I have been teaching I have really grown to love working with teenagers everyday.


Q: Where did you teach before Glenwood?

A: I taught at Omaha Central High School for four years, a small private school in Omaha that closed after one year, and then I taught at a small high school near Columbus, NE for four years. I have also taught Composition 1 and Composition 2 at Central Community College in Columbus for the past six years now (I used to teach on campus, but now I just teach online).   


Q: What online classes do you teach and what college are your students from?

A: I teach Composition 1 and 2 (this college calls it Writing and Research), and very rarely Introduction to Literature online at Central Community College in Columbus.

 

Q: What is your favorite class to teach? Why?

A: I like teaching Composition 1 and 2; in fact, the only reason I applied at Glenwood High School was so I could teach those courses. I just really enjoy teaching college level writing courses and helping students fine tune their writing skills for future college courses and careers.


Q: What is your favorite thing about GCHS?

A: I really like the students here at Glenwood High School. They are, for the most part, respectful, appreciative of the work I do, and just a lot of fun to work with on a daily basis.


Q: Is there one thing that stands out to you that Glenwood does differently than any other school at which you have taught?

A: The grading system and work policy is very different from what I am used to, but I think this also shows how committed Glenwood is (compared to other schools I’ve worked at) to making sure students achieve and learn a great deal in each of their courses.


Q: Do you have any future aspirations beyond teaching at GCHS?

A: I would one day like to teach full-time at a community college, but it is very competitive and I don’t want to go back to graduate school for a PhD. I have been seriously thinking about going back to school for a library media specialist endorsement this summer, and maybe one day be a teacher librarian here at Glenwood and take Mrs. Barrett’s throne.

 

Q: When did you and your wife get married and what is her occupation?

We got married back in 2012 and she is a social worker for the state of Nebraska.


Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Chinese food from Three Happiness Express in Omaha.


Q: What was your favorite band growing up?

A: Nirvana and Black Sabbath.


Q: If you could have one superpower what would it be?

A: The ability to grade papers faster.


Q: Which would win in a 1-on-1 fight: a polar bear or a silverback gorilla?

A: The silverback gorilla…duh.

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