welcome to room 34, home of the spahtans!
First off, let me start by saying I'm so happy to be entering my second year as an Edna Maguire Mustang! Now, let me tell you a little about myself...
My name is Mr. Spaht (pronounced Spate). I received my Bachelor's of Science in Construction Science and Management from Kansas State University in the Little Apple (AKA Manhattan, Kansas). You probably now have a few questions for me, and may be thinking "You're not in Kansas anymore." You may find yourself wondering, "How did you end up in California?" and "Construction management, what made you decide to become a teacher?" Glad you asked.
My construction degree brought me to the central coast in 2009 when I was working as a Field Engineer for a large general contractor at Vandenberg Air Force Base. During my first year in California, I met a beautiful young lady who I am fortunate to now call my wife. After a year working at Vandenberg AFB, I was transferred within the company to another project in Los Angeles where I worked on a renovation of an airline terminal at LAX. It was here that I began to realize that construction wasn't for me. I wasn't happy in the industry so I began to brainstorm other careers. I thought back to times when I was happiest and remembered when I was coaching. I've coached baseball and wrestling for all ages, but really enjoyed my summer coaching the Yankees, a baseball team of six and seven-year-olds in San Luis Obispo. I decided that I would make a career out of working with kids.
I moved back to San Luis Obispo from Los Angeles and began my pursuit of a teaching credential at Cal Poly. After earning my teaching credential in 2013, I taught middle school English and Science on the Central Coast for two years. After teaching those two years on the Central Coast, my wife, daughter and I relocated to the Bay Area to be closer to family. You may or may not know this, but kids are a lot of work! It's been so great to have family close by to help out!
When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy running, mountain biking, and hiking with my wife Amanda and daughter Norah.