By: Jane H Kim
Mr. Mispagel, who has been a 7th grade history teacher for nine years, has transferred to teaching high school World History and Honors Social Science. Over the course of 21 years, Mr. Mispagel has held teaching positions in Anaheim, Paradise Canyon, and La Cañada High School. He has always been interested in teaching in the high school department, but due to the lack of positions available, he took the position in middle school.
“I accepted the job here in La Cañada because I wanted to teach in a community where students were really willing to learn and were excited about learning,” he said.
Growing up in Pasadena, he always knew the La Cañada area and had many friends who went to La Cañada. He became increasingly interested in being a teacher in either the La Cañada district or the San Marino school district.
Mr. Mispagel earned his degree in architectural graphing. After graduating from college, he worked as a draftsperson and liked it because he enjoyed drawing. However, sitting in a room designing buildings and apartments all day became too dull for him. So, he decided to pursue something related to history. Mr. Mispagel’s favorite subject has always been history, but growing up, he never imagined that he would become a history teacher.
His childhood DREAM (emphasis on the “dream”) was to become a professional basketball player.
“Then I realized that I was only 6 feet tall,” he said.
Mr. Mispagel is a teacher who truly cares about his students’ success and education. He is passionate about what he teaches. His goals for this year are to teach to his best abilities and to make sure that the students not only learn, but also have fun and enjoy history.
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