ORVA Spotlight Mr. Mannon

Welcome back to the ORVA Spotlight, everyone! This entire column is brought to you by Tori and Stephany. This is our third ORVA Spotlight, on Mr. Mannon – one of the CTE teachers here at ORVA. J 

Read below to get to know him! 

1. What made you want to be a part of ORVA?  

I work with ORVA because they offer a very innovative environment where students may learn. One way they’ve done that is by creating the CTE program. We currently offer a pathway to Business Administration and/or Business Marketing. I can’t wait to see these programs grow and the introductions of more opportunities for ORVA students.  

2. Do you have any hobbies outside of school?  

I am a hippie at heart. When I’m not working, you can usually find me camping in my 72 VW Bus (Lucy) along with my wife and our mastiff, Tegan. I love spending time with them in the woods or just strolling down the coastline watching Tegan chomp at the waves. My other passion is experiencing the sounds and feelings of music. I can’t get enough of it. I enjoy attending music festivals and venues where I can feel the music flow through my body while standing on a hardwood floor or laying in a field of grass. There’s nothing quite like gazing into the sky as the fiddle plays with the wind blowing through the trees. I love this world and all that it offers.  

3. What is your job like on a day to day basis? What is your favorite part?  

I wake up and start my day with a coffee and the sound of my computer booting up. I check emails and get ready to teach my class connect sessions. Between classes I’m usually grading and/or preparing lessons for future class sessions. During this time, I’m gaining a better understanding for the standards and making sure that I’m covering them in each lesson. Throughout the day, I’m keeping up with communications between students, fellow teachers, and faculty. I spend the last part of my day looking over my lessons for the following day to make sure I haven’t missed anything.  

Live classes are my favorite part of my day. I don’t know if you know this, but this is only my second semester teaching which means I’m still learning too. I’ll be the first to admit if I can’t figure something out like showing a video and I’ll sometimes try three or four different ways before I even think about giving up and moving on. I love the feedback I get from my students the most.  

4. Do you have any tips for new or returning students?  

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you could do today. Utilize your class plans to help stay organized and on top of your assignments. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s what I am here for.  

5. What is your favorite place/part of Oregon?  

We’ve lived here for 5 years now and I can honestly say the entire state of Oregon is my favorite. If I had to narrow it down, I’d have to say anywhere that has a trail.  

6. If you had to pick a job to do other than teaching, what would it be?  

If I wasn’t a teacher I’d want to work with an environmental or human rights nonprofit organization. These are two topics that mean a great deal to me. 

Authors – Stephany S and Tori P.

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