We have an enthusiastic physical education teacher here at New Haven High. Mr. A. Peirick’s full name is Aaron Lawrence Peirick, and he has one brother named Austin Peirick who is three years younger than he is. He grew up in New Haven and went to high school here, graduating in 2008. He then went on to Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and he graduated in 2012. He enjoys playing golf, watching sports, taking naps, and listening to all kinds of music in his free time.
Mr. Peirick talked about what made him want to teach physical education. “I loved PE when I was in school. I like playing different sports and I like teaching different sports. I also knew I wanted to coach high school basketball, which meant I needed to teach something.”
“My favorite thing about the town of New Haven is when there are Friday night home games kicked off with the pep band playing Rocky. That gets me juiced; I get chills when ‘Gonna Fly Now’ comes on my Spotify,” Mr. Peirick expands on his love for NHHS.
Mr. Peirick is known for his gelled hair and his obsession with his coffee in the mornings, so I felt it was necessary to ask him how long it took to do his hair (he timed it, it’s 2 minutes and 20 seconds) and also how many cups of coffee he usually drinks in one day, which is 3 to 5.
When asked what some of his pet peeves are, he says, “I hate when I grab ice from the freezer and a cube drops and shatters on the floor. I also hate when people don’t use a coaster when there is a stack of them sitting right next to their drink. Another is when TV’s are turned up too loud.”
If this wasn’t enough information to make you feel like you’ve known Mr. Peirick his whole life, here are a few of his favorite things. His favorite TV show is Mad Men, favorite song ever is “Country Grammar” by Nelly, favorite movies are “Super Troopers” and “Major League,” favorite foods are pulled pork with coleslaw on it and Burritoville dirty fries, and favorite football player is Mike Winchell from Friday Night Lights. Fun fact: he still has the gum that he chewed in the 2007 state championship baseball game.
On behalf of New Haven High, thank you Mr. Peirick for contributing to the school’s environment so positively.