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Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Pierce

Daniel Drooz

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Teachers make the difference between mediocrity and greatness in a student. It doesn’t matter who you are, there is a teacher that inspired you in some way. A good teacher doesn’t just read material out of a textbook, they make a connection with the students. Mr. Pierce is a perfect example of a teacher who inspires and motivates students to succeed.

Mr. Pierce has been teaching science here at Mira Mesa for two years. He was born in Northern California, San Bernardino, and wanted to work for NASA. In high school Mr. Pierce played basketball, soccer and was in multiple clubs. He was also in his school’s student council or as we call it ASB. As far as hobbies Mr. Pierce enjoys playing and coaching basketball as well as hiking and yoga. However, it’s obvious that basketball is his passion. It’s cool to have a youthful teacher that shares some of the same interests as his students. Before becoming a teacher, he played college ball at Mary Washington University and still plays with the other teachers at lunch. Growing up close to LA naturally he is a Lakers fan, he also stands behind the 49’ners. He’s also a music lover mainly enjoying electronic sounding songs. Some teachers are out of date with modern culture, but Mr. Pierce is definitely not one of those teachers.

The environment in his class is calm and relaxed, but also organized.
Most students get along well with him because he’s not too strict, but he’s not a pushover either. He describes his teaching style as, “Fun, accountable, relaxed, and entertaining.” In my experience his class is not too stressful, but you still have to put in the work to get a good grade. Overall, Mr. Pierce is a great teacher with charisma and dedication.

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