Mr. Schaefer grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts and attended Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth where he played lacrosse. He attended college at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. Every summer throughout high school and college Mr. Schaefer worked as a YMCA summer camp counselor. Upon graduating college he served with City Year Boston in the Boston Public Schools before he began work in Boston as a 4th grade teacher.
Why did you choose the Alma team?
I chose the Alma team because of their hard work and enthusiasm. It is something infectious that I am excited to be a part of. It was also an opportunity to teach and live in a community that I have connections to.
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
I hope to contribute to its strong literary culture and students love of learning through reading.
What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?
My top goal during my first year of Alma is to build a strong class culture that promotes a love of reading and creates lifelong readers.
What teacher made a difference in your life — how?
Mr. Ganter was an English professor in college that had a profound impact on me. He taught me that reading simply isn’t reading books, but investigating and exploring the context, history, and technique involved in reading and writing.
Why did you become involved in education?
I’ve always believed that education was the pathway to anyone’s preferred future and my years as a summer camp counselor taught me that adults can have an indelible impact on the lives and interests of children.
Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?
I went to college at St. John’s University. What I liked about school was the robust English program as well its value of service to others as part of its culture.
What is your favorite place / food / book / music / art? (choose two)
My favorite book is “Bud, Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis. I find that Bud is a character that most people can relate to as a child in some sense. My favorite music to listen to is Bob Dylan. I really enjoy his lyrics and ability to make fun songs out of traditional song formats.