Caleb Gortney, the New Haven High shop teacher, has taught at New Haven for four years. He graduated from Union High School and then went on to graduate from Southeast Missouri State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology. He teaches the students of New Haven High woodworking, drafting, and also teaches industrial technology to both the high school and middle school.
The first question asked was why he wanted to become a teacher. He answered, “I've wanted to be a teacher since I can remember. I've always found it satisfying helping others and watching them succeed.”
The second question was why Mr. Gortney came to teach at New Haven, and he said, “I came to New Haven because I heard a lot of great things about this school and community. (At that time, we were about to get the Blue Ribbon Award.) I also liked the fact that my class sizes would be substantially smaller than other schools.”
He replied to the third question with, “My favorite thing about New Haven is the pride and charisma that the whole town holds. The community is always there to help whenever needed. This is a great place!”
After that, he was then questioned about what his favorite thing about teaching at New Haven was, and he responded, “My favorite thing about teaching at New Haven is the atmosphere. Students and teachers alike are very friendly and easy going. It makes for a pleasant work environment.”
He was then asked what his favorite memory was, and he answered, “One of my favorite memories is The Washed-Up Has-Beens (our teacher team) going all the way to the end in the dodgeball tournament a couple of years ago. Three years ago to be exact.”
Mr. Gortney also added, “My least favorite memory would have to be me getting hit in the face during my first dodgeball tournament here at New Haven. The real reason why it's my least favorite is because it was recorded and documented for everyone to see over and over again!”
Another question was what some of his hobbies were and why he liked to do these, and he responded with, “Eating and sleeping are two of my favorite hobbies. I do both of these so that I can stay alive! As for other hobbies, I like to ride my motorcycles, work on cars, shoot guns, go camping, go fishing and hang out with my friends and family. I do all of these for mostly the same reasons: enjoyment and relaxation.”
The last question was what his goals in life were, and he replied, “My main goal in life is to become a quality control technician for Ben & Jerry's. (Ice cream taste-tester, for those that didn't know.) If that doesn't work out, I would try to become a professional race car driver. (I like fast cars.) Lastly, if all else fails, I'm banking on winning the lottery! This would be a miracle considering I don't even play the lottery; but you said life goals, right?”
Caleb Gortney, the shop teacher at NHHS, has left an impression at New Haven High by teaching students basic industrial technology. Thank you to Caleb Gortney for keeping the Shamrock spirit alive!